A buyer of one of my houses called me last night and wanted some "built-in
bookshelves with the quality of work I have in my kitchen" (which Leon and I
My response: "Are you sure?"
Upshot was that I told him I would send my trim carpenter over there this
morning, but if he was really serious about what he originally said, to get
a bid from him, add a zero before the decimal point, and we'd possibly take
it from there.
That's be the end of that.
I've been looking as well. The only one I've really come across
is close to New Braunfels. It's run by a guy named Darrell Moeller
on his ranch. He mostly specializes in cedar, which appears to
mostly come from his own property. He's got one of those Wood-Mizer
style bandaw type mills. From what I gather, from talking to him,
he will do some sawyer type work at about $65 an hour with a minimum
of two hours I believe. I believe he's also got some Mesquite
laying around too. If any of this is of interest, send me an email
and I can pass along the details.
After the big storm last week, I was talking to an arborist, and he
was mentioning there's a sawyer somewhere out around Huebner road. He
couldn't remember any of the details though--unfortunately.
If you find out some details about where there's local San Antonio
saw mills, I'd definitely be interested in knowing more about these
If you want to reply via email, change the obvious words to numbers and
I keep thinking that someone at sometime will buy or make one of those
band saw mills around here. I know several of the custom furniture
makers here in town, and they can't find anything either, even through
their guild. There was a small bandsaw mill in Seguin a while back,
but I think he is selling his stuff to the mesquite lumber retailer
there. The only sawyer I know sells select mesquite (that is all he
sells) to a few older customers that are furniture makers. He isn't
getting rich, and he doesn't want more customers.
He wouldn't sell anything to me because I wouldn't commit to his 400
bf minimum. Depending on the grade, he gets $7.50 to almost $15 a
bf. On the flip side though, he sells mesquite with no windshake, no
sap wood, and no hollows. It looks like it came out of a perfect
mesquite manufacturing machine. And since it is so rarely that
perfect, the furniture guys buy it with just a phone call from him.
Apparently most of the serious furniture makers around here get in
their truck and take a trailer out to the different places they like.
I know there are a few mills around Austin, a big one in Smithville,
and several in Bryan that specialize in mesquite. At $2.75 a gallon,
with a 16 ft trailer and a minimum hour drive... I don't want to
calculate what that would add to the bf price.
I'll certainly post back here if I find someone in the vicinity.
BTW, where are you?
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