The Process

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What to expect:


  • Once we talk about the details of your project, I will initially have you send me pictures of the logs needing sawed.  Then, I will likely come out to look at the logs and advise on moving forward, staging the logs, your cut-list, air-drying information, etc...  .  When we agree to all the details, we will sign a work agreement and set a date to begin the sawing.
  • Customer will supply me with a detailed "Cut-List" of the lumber and quantity desired.
  • Logs will need to be "Stacked or Staged" nice and neat in a pile where the sawmill can pull right up next to.  The log stack needs to be easily accessible to the sawmill and truck.  Logs should be stacked with all SMALL ends together.  And finally, logs need to be a minimum of 10" Diameter  on the small end
  • The sawmill will need a firm, dry, level, EASILY accessible area to set up on.  For space, keep in mind that the truck and sawmill combined length is roughly 50' long
  • Customer is responsible to supply 1 or 2 able-bodied people to help "off-load" and stack his/her lumber....the more help you have means the sawyer and sawmill can produce more lumber quickly.
  • ​Customer is to supply a tractor (or other machinery) for handling large, odd shaped logs and to move/stack the finished lumber.
  • Expect to work fast, work hard, and sleep like a baby that night!  This will be fun and you'll see something you've likely never seen before!
  • You (and other workers) will need gloves, eye and ear protection, preferably steel-toe boots/shoes, food & drinks.
  • ​Payment in full is due on the spot once job is complete!

Air Drying....and properly Stacking your lumber:


Stacked on a solid, level foundation using "Stickers" (spacers) in between rows of lumber to allow "AIR" to flow around and start the drying......covered and out of the rain! 


These steps are vital for good lumber!


Here a few helpful links on Stacking and Air-Drying your fresh cut lumber!


​https://www.woodmagazine.com/materials-guide/lumber/how-to-succeed-at-air-drying-lumber


https://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/air-drying-lumber


http://www.lumberrite.com/air-drying-lumber.html


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Why hire a Sawyer to mill your logs:

If you have any sizable job to be sawmilled you could save Hundred's or even Thousands of Dollars sawing your own logs.  Not to mention the pride of processing your own lumber....especially if you have "sentimental" ties to the trees / logs being milled.  Maybe your lumber is coming from trees your Granddad planted decades before!  WOW!

Oh, other reasons to saw your own logs into lumber:  1)  You are limited to the species and sizes at the Big Box stores!  Try buying a 20" wide Pine board there, or a 22" wide Red Oak board, or 2" Thick "Live-Edge" Maple slabs there......ain't gonna happen! 2)  When you sawmill your logs into lumber you can pretty much have the length, width, thickness, and species YOU want.  3)  Custom saw to your needs...Mantels, Slabs, Beams, Post, Fencing, Framing, etc....  You think it up and we'll saw em' up!

Staging your logs...how and where to stack the logs in preparation for sawmill setup:


Again, stack in an organized pile, small ends together, clean of dirt/rocks/etc...,accessible to the sawmill, on firm, dry, level ground.


This is a critical step for production and cost efficiency for you.  


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L2  Sawmill 

LDE Company, LLC     dba:  L2 Sawmill



Portable Sawmill Service 

in East Texas