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Listing #300   Listed on: 03/01/2010

WOODWEB Content Editor, Brett Hagstrom, Interviewed Don Kresker in January 2014.

Located on family land in Oakland, New Jersey, Don Kresker and his two sons, Don Jr. and Kevin, run an operation powered by a Timberking B20 portable sawmill. Don spent fifteen years in the construction business prior to sawing, and he and his sons started Kesker Core Drilling LLC after a period of time spent hiring an outside sawmill operator. After paying to have beams and boards sawn from the family land, Don realized it made sense to develop a sawmilling business that would utilize his own timber, and potentially earn a profit.

“Semi-retired” is how Don characterizes himself (he can’t leave the mill completely) and he usually saws a few times a week. His sons handle the bulk of business and Don sometimes works in spurts, sawing three to four days a week, on weekends, or whenever he can find time at the mill.

Continue Reading about KRESKER CORE DRILLING LLC

Cutting an Oak Log into Boards

  Timberking Mill

  Mill at Work

  Rustic Furniture

  Custom Sheds

Contact Name:   Don Kresker
Location:   Manchester, NJ  08759
Year Founded:   2007
Sq. Footage:   1,200
Employees:   1
Gross Sales:   N/A

Product Specialties:
    Hardwood Lumber
    Milled Lumber / Lumber for construction
    Softwood Lumber
    Wood Components

Service Specialties:

Sawmill Equipment:
    Sawmills: Portable - Timberking B20
    Debarkers - Timberking

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Don mentions that he works in a busy area and advertising is very important. He’s located about 45 minutes from New York City, so a large number of his customers are from the city and Long Island. Don mentions that a website for his business is in the works, with hopes of it increasing advertising opportunities.

Don will work with any species he can acquire. The most notable is red oak, which there is an abundance of in northern New Jersey, according to Don. Black walnut on the property is also used. Logs are acquired from local tree services and dropped off at the mill ready for Don to saw. Don’s sons have several large trucks enabling the transportation of logs to the mill as well. Don rarely needs to fell trees for logs and keeps 100 logs in his inventory to allow for constant sawing and to reduce downtime.

Oak, maple, pine, and cherry are sawn to order from the log inventory. Additional species of wood are obtained per customer request. Don’s business is equipped to design and build sheds, post-and-beam structures, as well as specialty projects. A majority of sawing is custom, and usually maple and oak are used. Don also produces moulding and rustic furniture, including coffee tables and end tables. A majority of customers pick up completed orders from the mill, and if an order is delivered it’s included in the pricing. If beams are sawn, they are delivered by Don.

A backhoe is used to load logs on the Timberking, including a hook on the backhoe to increase loading efficiency. Don also carries logs to the mill using a draw setup on the bucket of his backhoe.

Don air dries his lumber, and a solar kiln is in the works; however he says that cost is hindering it from taking off.

Don has had a couple of interesting sawing experiences including a batch of old growth trees with nails and spikes stuck in the middle, and one encounter with a clothesline spool embedded in a tree.

The long-term plan for Kresker Core Drilling LLC is “increasing sawing volume.” As the business becomes more profitable, the next step will be constructing a kiln to dry stock for molding and dimensional lumber. For now, though, Don enjoys working the mill and completing projects, and plans to saw for “many years to come.”

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