Frequently Asked Questions:
With so many variables to deal with when it comes to milling lumber, guidance from the experts is
Following are the most common questions we’ve heard along with clear answers to help you make informed decisions
with regard to your needs:
What size log gets me the most for my money?
A 24” – 28” diameter log is optimal size and will produce the most amount
of lumber in the shortest amount of time. Most logs require the same amount of time to get up on the mill and create
a cant (BIG logs can be a challenge sometimes.). Once the edges are created the larger logs allow me to quickly
saw up a lot of lumber before having to get the next log on the mill.
What is the shortest and longest log length that
can be milled?
For safety reasons we cannot mill a log shorter than four feet but we are able to handle
logs up to twenty feet.
When does the clock start when charging hourly?
Hourly billing starts when we start unloading your logs and putting them on
the mill and ends when your lumber is ready for pickup. The time we spend with you to discuss how the lumber is to be
cut is not billed to you.
If we are picking up your logs billing starts after we arrive at the site and unload our equipment.
Pickup billing ends when your logs are loaded and ready for us to take back to the mill.
Do you price by the board foot as an option?
Yes I do. Board foot pricing is typically done when milling a large number
of logs for a client and usually gets them the most for their money. When only a few logs are to be milled hourly billing
is my standard method. Before I begin milling your logs these options will be discussed and everyone has a
good idea on what to expect.
Are hardwoods and softwoods priced differently?
Hardwoods are harder to handle than softwoods and are generally slower to cut. Because of this hardwoods
end up taking more billable time, which means greater costs to mill them.
Board foot pricing takes these factors into account
and costs are adjusted accordingly.
What happens if something in my log ruins your
If your log contains nails, screws or anything that ruins the cutting blade there will be a replacement fee
of $ 30.00. You will also be contacted in the event the metal in the log is extensive so we can discuss how to proceed.
Would you mill my logs for a portion of the lumber
instead of money?
I would first estimate your project costs and start there. We would then discuss your needs and
try to come up with an arrangement that works for everyone. The species of wood and my need for it, is usually the deciding
How much board feet can you cut in an hour?
Once I visually inspect your logs I can give you a fair estimate on how long it would take to complete
your project. Until we actually start cutting there is no way to tell how quickly any particular log can be cut, but my
estimates are usualy fairly accurate. Informing you on your project status via phone or email is something I
would be happy to do.
Thanks Randy Wynn
(AKA The WoodButcher)