Live Edge Wood Slabs

4933 Wellington RD, 44
Rockwood, Ontario, Canada  

Site Preparation

Sawmill Site Preparation

Having the site prepared prior to our arrival can help cut your costs. The hourly rate begins when we arrive and there may be a one time 1 hour travel charge.
how to set up a saw mill site
  • Try to chose an area for set up that is as flat as possible. The mill has adjustable legs and we do carry wood blocks to put under the leveling legs if needed.
  • The ground should be firm and mud free.
  • The area needed around the mill for ease of loading logs and unloading lumber is approx 50 feet x 20 feet. 
  • Stack logs in one area. We have equipment to move the logs to one location or skid them out of the bush, if you require.
  • Logs should be set up side by side with the larger diameter of the logs all at the same end. Example when we back the sawmill up to the log pile the logs must be on the driver side of the truck, and the small end of the logs closest to the truck.
  • If you do not have a tractor with pallet forks to move the logs and lumber we can supply a skid steer to move the logs to the milling area and to move piles of lumber to a stacking area.

Please note, All saw milling is only done at our location
  • Tree branches should be cut off as close as possible to the log.
  • Keep the logs clean and avoid dragging them in the mud and stones.
  • Please inform us if the logs came from a fence row or if you suspect metal in the logs. We have a metal detector and can check suspect logs. There is a blade charge if we hit metal, nails or foreign objects in the logs.
  • On milling day to make the operation run smooth you will need 1 or 2 helpers to take the boards off the sawmill as they are cut and to stack the lumber to allow drying. Gloves, ear protection, safety glasses, and safety boots are recommended.
  •  Make a list of the boards you would like to have, i.e. 60 - 2x4s for a garden shed, 80 - 1"x8" planks for siding or for barn board 1" x 12" pine or cedar.
  • We can also arrange to drill post holes for pole barns and buildings.
  • The max. size log that our mill can handle is 38" diameter and 21' long. Logs are normally cut under 16' depending on customer preference.  We have jigs that allow us to mill very short logs. This is handy when we come across an interesting log that will have nice figured grain inside like curly maple, Birdseye maple, quilted maple and feathering. The most popular size logs are cut to 9' - 11' and 17'. Live edge slabs are normally cut between 5' and 12'.
  • When the job is complete you will have lumber, slabs with bark, some  trimmings and sawdust.  This waste will be left with you and can be used for compost and firewood after it dries. Some of the waste slabs may also be used for making signs and crafts.
  • I can supply you with spacing sticks (stickers) if you don't have access to them. Please arrange for these at the time of our initial consultation.
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