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« Reply #160 on: November 07, 2019, 10:21:42 AM »
@charles mann That's a big [Admin Edited] cedar!

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« Reply #161 on: November 07, 2019, 12:06:46 PM »
@charles mann That's a big [Admin Edited]  cedar!

It is located in buffalo, so im gonna go take a look tomorrow, measure it, if its a minimum of 34” ill take it, if it actually is 46”, it’ll get loaded.
Im gonna crutch around the property and see the ease of getting my equip in, if my tractor will do the job or if iv gotta use the log arch.
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« Reply #162 on: November 08, 2019, 09:55:18 AM »
@charles mann That's a big [Admin Edited] cedar!

It is located in buffalo, so im gonna go take a look tomorrow, measure it, if its a minimum of 34” ill take it, if it actually is 46”, it’ll get loaded.
Im gonna crutch around the property and see the ease of getting my equip in, if my tractor will do the job or if iv gotta use the log arch.
I drive through Buffalo almost weekly. There's what appears to be a firewood operation on the side of 45 just south of town I've always though about stopping at to see what kind of timber they have.
Then again, I have more logs than I can handle right now, LOL


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« Reply #163 on: November 08, 2019, 03:32:37 PM »
Well, it wasnt 46”, more like 34”. But its very straight. Im gonna have to top it and take it down in sections. No climbing spurs, but iv got a climbing stand and iv climbed 50’ in a tree to hunt, so i think i can top out of the stand too. Gonna have to find my safety harness and a short bar for my jonesred 2166. Its a bit of a big saw for topping, but its doable. 
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« Reply #164 on: November 12, 2019, 02:34:09 PM »
updates:

Sold a couple hundred in wood this week!

Also, framing should start on my shop this week as well.  Had to move the saw out of the way for a bit so no real work going on of note. But money in as opposed to money out is a good thing for once!

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« Reply #165 on: November 14, 2019, 05:11:11 PM »
More wood sold, more work on the shop.



 

Hopefully by this time next week, the mill is in it's forever home and the shop has a roof over it, in some form of progress.

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« Reply #166 on: November 15, 2019, 07:02:06 AM »
Thats going to be a nice shop! Where did you end up getting customers for for the wood you sold. I know you were going to try craigslist and facebook market place.
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« Reply #167 on: November 15, 2019, 10:12:56 AM »
Thats going to be a nice shop! Where did you end up getting customers for for the wood you sold. I know you were going to try craigslist and facebook market place.
Marketplace. I never got around to CL. I also really think marking each piece with dimensions has really helped trim down the questions. I quit responding to the "is this available" ads and I got a lot more specific questions about what I was selling. Definitely a much better experience this time around.
I've almost sold out of my current stock and am waiting on the next stock to dry in the barn. I have a third stack air drying now too, so if I can keep a steady rotation going, I should always have material to sell and build with.

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« Reply #168 on: November 15, 2019, 01:42:11 PM »
Thats going to be a nice shop! Where did you end up getting customers for for the wood you sold. I know you were going to try craigslist and facebook market place.
Marketplace. I never got around to CL. I also really think marking each piece with dimensions has really helped trim down the questions. I quit responding to the "is this available" ads and I got a lot more specific questions about what I was selling. Definitely a much better experience this time around.
I've almost sold out of my current stock and am waiting on the next stock to dry in the barn. I have a third stack air drying now too, so if I can keep a steady rotation going, I should always have material to sell and build with.
Very good! Did you sell any green or was it all dry.

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« Reply #169 on: November 15, 2019, 01:47:33 PM »
All dry wood. I mentioned to a few people I had more green wood and there was little to no interest.

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« Reply #170 on: November 18, 2019, 08:51:38 AM »
The biggest news from last weekend - I've sold all but 1 piece of my dried stock. 16 pieces of various species netted ~$400. Every single person who came said the same thing - "You've got great product at great prices and we don't have to go all the way to Houston to get it."
I had the walnut priced at $5.50/ bf and the pecan at $3/bf. They weren't large or nice pieces, and the lumber I have drying now should net better prices.

So, that $400 will go towards the $2,000 I "borrowed" to build the mill to pay it off.

Sounds like I may be on to something. Not crazy volume or income, but it was never intended to be anything other than a hobby to make a little side money. I need to remember not to lose sight of that!

Also, the shop is coming along:



 



 

They're putting the trusses up now. and should have cornice and sheathing on this week also. WOOOO!

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« Reply #171 on: December 02, 2019, 08:30:43 AM »
Got the shop all but finished up - A buddy and I decided to roof it ourselves and wow, what a workout that was. We hand loaded the shingles without a lift. I'm definitely not in my early 20s anymore but it was a good experience!



 



 


The mill is in it's new home. Got to mill up a couple of pines yesterday for a fence project.



 



 

The saw cuts really well, and I am very happy with everything - except the trailer winch. It binds and is sloppy. I'll be getting the $49 HF winch this week rated and 2,500lb. That will make like MUCH easier.

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« Reply #172 on: December 06, 2019, 09:17:50 AM »
Need some input. One of my employees has asked me for 2 - 6x6x9' cedar posts. I have the material, so basically I need to get an idea of what to charge with the friends/family discount since I like the guy.

I got the cedar for free, so there's no overhead to account for.

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« Reply #173 on: December 06, 2019, 09:31:00 AM »
That's 27bd-ft / pole.  What's the going rate for cedar by you, $1/bd-ft?  So that would be $54.  Family discount at $40?  Make sure you center the pith!
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« Reply #174 on: December 06, 2019, 09:44:27 AM »
That's 27bd-ft / pole.  What's the going rate for cedar by you, $1/bd-ft?  So that would be $54.  Family discount at $40?  Make sure you center the pith!
Yeah. I asked what he thought initially and he said $100. I thought that was a bit high, so I may tell him something between that and $50. Everyone wins then?

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« Reply #175 on: December 06, 2019, 09:50:16 AM »
So if you were working for him what would you want him to charge you?
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« Reply #176 on: December 06, 2019, 10:24:16 AM »
That's kinda how I was approaching it, what would I pay? Treated 2 - 6x6x10' from HD is $61. So I told him $80 and he was pleased and so am I.  It's basically $1/bf + $25 labor on the mill, which I think is pretty fair.

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« Reply #177 on: December 09, 2019, 10:41:19 AM »
Well, the first injury has occurred. While rolling a log on the bunks, I crushed my right index finger, first knuckle. 5 stitches and a fracture, looked like roadkill.

I was hurrying to finish a small job to go into town with the wife. Lesson learned - don't rush anything. Either take the time to finish correctly, or just stop altogether.

Ouch. Very very ouch.

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« Reply #178 on: December 09, 2019, 10:49:33 AM »
I have started to leave logs on the mill half cut for that exact same reason. Good news is I have not damaged myself that bad yet.

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« Reply #179 on: December 09, 2019, 11:20:40 AM »
I have started to leave logs on the mill half cut for that exact same reason. Good news is I have not damaged myself that bad yet.
Lucky it was cedar and light. I was cutting a 6x6 post and was making the 4th cut to make the cant. I still dont understand how it happened, but I'm also very happy it wasn't a heavy hardwood.


OH!!! I almost forgot - I picked up a 2500# HF winch for $50. Going to replace the hand crank trailer winch, as soon as I have all 10 fingers back in operation.


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