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!
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What to expect:
"Stickers"... I can cut your stickers to be used for stacking but that will use up time and the stickers will be "wet". Many folks just go to Lowes/Home Depot and buy bundles of Furring Strips to use. They are kiln dry, and uniform and ready to use in stacking. We will discuss!
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 24" 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 I'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.
"Treat": your fresh sawn lumber/slabs with Bora-Care or Timbor to help kill insects and assist in preventing additional insect infestations. Spray on or roll on as you stack your lumber. You can purchase on Amazon.
"End-Seal" you logs: Once you cut your logs to length, end-seal your logs ASAP with a couple thick coats to help reduce end checking/cracking. You can purchase on Amazon
LDE Company, LLC dba: L2 Sawmill
Portable Sawmill Service
in East Texas
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