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Posted on Where can I buy wood in Dallas at a decent price?

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 03:47 AM


I live about 150 miles east of you down Interstate 20. Your best bet is to have your lumber milled from a fallen or dead tree that most folks will give to you for the taking. In the last two years I have taken two Red Oak trees and two large Cedar trees to a local band-saw mill and had them custom cut to the sizes I like to work with. I like 5/4 X 6” wide stock with some larger pieces that are used for legs etc.. Depending on the size of the tree you should pay about $80.00 or so for a Cedar tree to have it cut and about $250.00 to have a good size Red Oak, milled. First find a local mill though and find out about what sizes they will take. Also most mills do not like yard trees because of nails that could ruin a blade. Find out in advance what it will cost to replace the blade or have it sharpened. So far it has only happened to me once and the man only charged me about $25.00 for a sharpening fee.

Of course you will need to wait about a year after the stock is stacked to air dry and you will need to Plane it yourself. I have found that I get a better grade of stock overall because a portion will be quarter and rift sawn. I even had one of my large pine trees that Pine Beetles killed cut into 2” X 4” X 10’ long stock and used it to stud out my new metal shop building (24’ X 30’ X 9.5’ ceiling) so that I could hang drywall and finish it out. Good luck!

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