Let Us Mill Your Wood

Bring Your Logs to Our Sawmill

Since the 1950s we have been milling logs into useful lumber for the people of the LowCountry.

let us mill your wood

If you are planning on cutting down trees on your property, let us mill your wood into lumber. Even if you are not interested in using all the wood, our woodshop can transform your logs into useful pieces like tables, benches, cutting boards, countertops, and more.

Ashley River Lumber also provides storage and kiln drying services so you end up with a quality product ready for use.

 

let us mill your wood
If you are planning on cutting down trees on your property, let us mill your wood into lumber.  Even if you are not interested in using all the wood, our wood shop can transform your logs into useful pieces like tables, benches, cutting boards, countertops, and more.

Ashley River Lumber also provides storage and kiln drying services so you end up with a quality product ready for use.

Things to keep in mind when cutting down trees to be milled.

Log Size

If you have a specific use in mind or want to leave your options open, don’t cut your log sections too small. When planning your cuts, it’s best to work in increments of 2′ ( 6′, 8′, etc.) with a few extra inches(4″-6″) for good measure. Logs less than 6′ are typically more difficult to mill and may require special consideration if necessary for your project. We also recommend that logs be at least 8″ in diameter across the smallest part of the log.

 

Log Condition

It’s always best to mill logs when they are very green. The longer you wait after a tree is felled, the quality and amount of useable lumber “drops” dramatically. If it’s going to be a while before you have them milled, they should be kept around a foot off the ground, and the grass should be kept trimmed to avoid insect infestation.

Logs are like a bail of hay: the outside, and the ends dry very quickly; which causes the wood to shrink and crack. This is why products like Anchor Seal are recommended to protect the integrity of the wood. If you can’t get Anchor Seal, wax or a heavy coat of paint will work in a pinch.

Foreign Objects

Old trees can have metal and other materials embedded in the wood. Over time people use trees for clotheslines, hammocks, dog runs, growth bracing, ladders, you name it. Metal in trees is a saw blade’s arch-enemy, so if possible, inspect your logs for foreign objects and if you can use a metal detector to help root out metal in your wood.

 

Drying Time

Drying time can vary based on the size of the log/wood, time of year, age of the log, and wood species. To get an idea of how long it might take, contact us, and we will be glad to help (we have a lot of experience with this!).

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