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Hey guys, I recently acquired, or rather, was given a wood mizer lt 30g mill. Getting it up and running, and would like to make some money with it. I have some white oak, pine, and one yellow poplar log to mill, looking for some eastern red cedar. Do you all have any thoughts on what would be the most sell-able dimensions to start with? I have no customer base, just starting out with it. Any other thoughts would be appreciated as well. Thanks.
Your customers can tell you what dimensions they prefer to buy.
White oak lumber often sells very slowly. Someone interested might want a special thickness and if you do not have it,mthen "no sale."
What pine do you have? If eastern white, then 4/4 is usually easy to move, but 8/4 can bring more money at times, if you have a market. If southern pine, then 8/4 is more likely to sell.
Yellow poplar often can sell at 4/4.
However, it is better to find a customer before sawing, as mentioned already.
When you ask your customer, make sure you determine whether he/she is talking about green, air dry, kiln dry, or surfaced. It will make a big difference in how you cut the log! Avoid cutting on speculation, but if you do it, stick to a few standard thicknesses so you can stack them for drying. FWIW, my most common thickness (off the mill) for hardwoods is 1-1/8", which becomes 7/8" or 3/4" after drying or surfacing. Good luck!
Thanks for your time guys, it means a lot. Where would be some good info on solar kiln drying?
Virginia Tech has some good info. They were pioneers in the area. Do a Google search.