For that price it may be worth the drive from just south of the 'Burgh. Do you
have a name and address for that supplier?
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know
for sure that just ain't so." --- Mark Twain
If you're in Pittsburgh and don't minding driving a couple of hours to
Duncansville (east of the 'Burgh & north of Bedford on the Turnpike),
try Mountain Lake Lumber. I don't have their phone number with me,
but they're in the book - or, try the "Yellow Pages" on Yahoo!. I
bought 8" wide 4/4 red oak from him for $1.50/bf. Plus, he has
Cherry, and other species too. He had some really good Ash (6/4) for
$1.80 bf. He's also got white oak, and a good selection of other
stuff. He's just a one man operation. He has a band mill, and a
kiln, so he can do custom stuff too.
Nice guy on top of all that -
What grade of red oak are ya talking about? Curious here because I bought
rough-sawn for $.75/bf, but that had a lot of small knots and wormholes (I
think - small holes about 2mm diameter). I'd guess about 1/3 of it is clear
wood that I'd use on exposed surfaces.
13163 Market Ave N, Hartville, OH, 44632-9065
I keep meaning to check them out somethime but never have.
Hartville, Ohio, is close enough to the Ohio turnpike to have
a sign for Hartville at the appropriate exit which is somewhere
a bit east of Warren.
It depends on the grade...
FAS is running about that price
#1 common is .50 less
#2 common is 1.00 less
If it's air dried or green cut, probably about .75 - 1.00 a BF.
Some small saw mills also don't do much in the way of grading
their lumber, so what you get might not be worth any of the
If you bought 100bf that causes another price shift..(down)
If you bought less than 100bf that causes a upward price shift.
It also depends on "where" in the world you are.
So to answer your question, "it depends".
Al Reid wrote:
...clue needed...where in CT? Tired of $6+ in NY (and have actually worked
out a deal with my firewood supplier to sell me 7' logs with absolutely no
idea of how I'm going to make usable boards out of them but more that a few
are on their way). CT ain't that far from here.
in message wrote:
Depending onthe species you may be able to use wedges to quarter
the logs, then drawknife off the raggedly parts to get something
that can fit on a bandsaw depending on just how big the logs
and the bandsaw are.
ALso depends on if you have a bandsaw and can find a drawknife.
BTW, about a year ago I was at a lumber yard and one of the guys
there was cutting (I forget what they're called but they looked
like shelf brackets on steroids) out of 4" thick stock using a
hand held bandsaw. This had a table on it like a stationary band
saw but was used 'upside down' with the table resting on the
board rather than vice-versa. My first thought was Yegads what
a dangerous tool. I could imagine accidently dropping it
and cutting my foot off at the ankle.
My second thought was to wonder how big these guys get and if
one could be adapted for a home-built bandsaw mill. I've used
a chainsaw mill and even with a ripping blade they cut pretty
slow. A bansaw blade takes a much narrower kerf and so should
Any thoughts? This was a bandsaw, not a reciprocating saw.
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