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Title: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: DixieReb31 on April 15, 2021, 08:32:24 PM
Do most people prefer when buying ERC to have slabs or as dimensional lumber?
I have several trees that I plan on cutting soon. I estimate the butt end to be 24.  What is the best way to mill these?
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: Patrick NC on April 15, 2021, 08:36:58 PM
I sell a lot of cedar dimensional lumber and very few slabs. Slabs seem to sit around quite awhile before they sell and 1x6/1x8s sell immediately. Also sell a lot of 4x4s and 6x6s. 
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: KenMac on April 15, 2021, 09:18:25 PM
Since I have no storage room I don't saw cedar until it's ordered. Same for other species also. I would think that dimensional would sell quicker though.
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: caveman on April 15, 2021, 09:45:12 PM
If we can get big cedar logs we do much better turning them into live edged slabs.  $2-3 b/f for dimensional and quite a bit more for good slabs.
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: 123maxbars on April 15, 2021, 09:47:37 PM
slabs here too, 
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: Larry on April 15, 2021, 10:45:03 PM
Cedar logs I custom sawed today for a reseller.  4/4, 6/4, 8/4, and 12/4.  All of it was live edge but only one side.  I also sawed a bunch of 6 X 6's.  No idea where its going.

I'm sitting on a stash of cedar logs I got cheap.  Somebody will call and want something weird and I'll fix em right up. :)
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: thecfarm on April 16, 2021, 05:38:35 AM
Whatever size you don't have.  ;D
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: Cedarman on April 16, 2021, 07:06:26 AM
Most common size by far is 1" x 6" x 8'.  
Spring time is great for selling 2x8x8 and 2x8x4 for raised beds. Also 2x6. This is where you can get rid of medium grade boards that have some ingrown and a few spots of rot that would make them unsuitable for furniture.
I leave a lot of our logs tree length and buck to length as needed.
Yesterday, a call for 4  5x5 x 18', Day before 9  5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 14'.
Last night 3000 sq' of 9/16 x 4" by long T&G.
Also 40  3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 8' very good for rafters in a gazebo. 
You never know what people will want until the phone rings.
15  S2S  3/4" x 5" x 8' and 17 square feet of clear 1" x 2" x 18", multiples of those dimensions works. I set the price to make me happy.  They are happy because they can get it .
You can keep cedar lumber on stickers for quite some time without degrade.  We use edging strips.  Cedar does not stain even if using fresh cedar edging strips.
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: firefighter ontheside on April 16, 2021, 08:13:08 AM
I sawed some really nice live edge slabs of cedar a few years ago and ended up giving them away.  A few months ago I sawed a bunch of 1x6 and they sold so fast I didn't what had happened.  I just brought home a great load of logs yesterday.  My plan is to cut a whole lot of 1x6 to sell and from the larger logs cut some 8/4 slabs just to see if anyone wants them.  I will also cut some 2x6 for personal use to replace some deck boards at my house.  I imagine those would sell pretty well too.
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 16, 2021, 08:56:27 AM
  Whole cedar logs are used for high end porch uprights around here. I'd bet 1/2 logs would also sell. I don't saw much of it but lots of times my customers want it thin like 1/2" or such. Its a crap shoot. Good luck.
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: doc henderson on April 16, 2021, 09:00:08 AM
sometimes folks will see a chunk on the ground, and see a duck or rabbit image in the grain.  "are you going to just throw that away"?  I have moved much from a quarter inch to beams.
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: moodnacreek on April 16, 2021, 07:37:14 PM
'Slabs' [they are not slabs] here also if the logs are big enough, put on sticks for a year or more, 2" thick. If small dia. logs; 6x6 is now in demand.  Sawing into boards is ok only in nice wood but because of flute and other holes I do little and on 'slabs' there is no edging and that saves a lot of work.
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: Magicman on April 17, 2021, 09:09:35 AM
 
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Of course I custom saw rather than sell but it is rare for a customer to ask for live edge.  It's usually as wide as the cant will square.  
Title: Re: How do most people want ERC?
Post by: DixieReb31 on April 17, 2021, 01:34:39 PM
Thanks for all the replies.