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Re: First (big to me) mill job
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2022, 09:47:34 PM »
I figure board footage at actual lumber size. I do saw 1/8 over for nominal dimensions. ( 1 5/8x 5 5/8 for 2x6).
Also a Construction Master 5 calculator greatly simplifies the math. About $50 at Lowe's or HD.
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Re: First (big to me) mill job
« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2022, 10:12:43 PM »
   Calculate the bf based on whatever you discuss with the client before sawing! Some use the nominal dimensions, some use the actual (I.e a 6/4 board is calculated as 1.5" instead of 2"). I agree on the less than 1" is calculated as an inch but that is listed on my website and I discuss it with the client. I bill 5/4 as 1.25" but 1-1/16" to 1-1/8" I bill as 1".

   Some people calculate the bf of a log as an estimate from a table. Others use actually bf tally at the end of the job. The estimate protects the sawyer if the client brings a log that does not produce good lumber as expected. The actual bf can reward the sawyer if the log yields more than the log rules/estimates.

  All methods are fair as long as you discuss and agree before sawing or selling lumber.

   Every job is a learning experience so you should get more efficient (and more valuable) the more you saw. Don't be afraid to try new techniques but don't be ashamed to admit to a client it is new to you before messing with his wood. I often cut a practice log from my stock before trying the technique on client logs. Barring that I tell him it is new to me but I will try if he wants me to.
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Re: First (big to me) mill job
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2022, 04:29:06 PM »
   How is this job coming? Did you finish yet? Any more lessons learned to share with the rest of us?
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Re: First (big to me) mill job
« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2022, 08:36:00 AM »
I did finish the job, it was around 1500 board feet. I told the guy it was gonna be around 1200$ and I would show him a breakdown of what I did. Then I was in a lumber grading course for 2 weeks and wasnít talking to the customer and the he showed up at my house with 1200$ for me and I said i can get the computer and show him and he said I didnít have to and he was good with it. So in the end I charged 60$ milling time and 30$ an hour for labour. Iím happy with what I got 

On another note I just got my lumber grading license! 

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Re: First (big to me) mill job
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2022, 09:14:43 AM »
Congratulations Kombucha20. What grading license did you get and where are you located?
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