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Offline DougW

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Need help finding timber
« on: January 29, 2016, 11:21:10 am »
Good morning

My name is Doug and I am new to the board. I am a wood worker and builder so I started making my own lumber with two chainsaw mills I purchased. I can see that that is way to slow for what I want so now I am purchasing a bandsaw mill. Addicting hobby but it is one of the most fun things I have ever done.

Anyway, my reason for being here this morning is that I am having a difficult time finding logs delivered by the truck load to my home in Mixon, Texas. If anyone can point me in the right direction, it would be a great help.

I am looking to start with red cedar in apx. the 10 inch round size, full length, prefer dried - delivered / I am also interest in other types of wood in mixed loads but for the moment my need is red cedar.

If you can help me, please feel free to let me know.

K gotta get back outside and get to work, I am building new shop, and doing it my way. Making all the wood. Slow going but soon I will have the nicest shop I have ever had.

Have a good one


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Re: Need help finding timber
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2016, 11:42:53 am »
Most of us saw green logs and then dry the lumber.  I get small trailer loads of logs off the popular online want ad sites.  If you need commercial quantities some of the boards here on forestry and logging might help you more.  I would expect all of those truck loads to be green timber. I have a feeling that the more specialized your ask, the harder it is going to be to find a logger and hauler to work with and the more you are going to pay. 

Thought about tree services?

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Re: Need help finding timber
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2016, 11:59:50 am »
you are in the heart of Texas timber country, make contact with small loggers, small mills.  You are on the far eastern edge of the cedar belt, so it could be your looking in the wrong spots.  Check with the source of loggers and such with the Texas Forest Service or Texas Forestry Association, contact the local forest service office and see if they have a list of sources.
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Re: Need help finding timber
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2016, 12:08:33 pm »
I'm used to the big trees we have out here and don't know anything about your neck of the woods - but why are you looking for "small" logs (10")?  From my limited experience, you can get so much more lumber out of a 12, 14 or even 16" log.  It is a handling issue for the size limit?  And what is "full length" mean to you?  Tree length or 12-16'?
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Re: Need help finding timber
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2016, 12:38:46 pm »
Thanks for all the posts.

As to the size of the logs, the reason I am looking in the 10 inch round size is that these particular logs will be used in the construction of small cedar hunting and camping cabins. My other needs for truck loads, I would much prefer larger sized logs. For the cedar logs, 16 feet or longer would work the best.


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Re: Need help finding timber
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2016, 01:04:24 pm »
Why not use peeled pine for the cabins if it's log cabins you are going for. Much more abundant where you are.
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