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I'm in Atlantic Canada. HAd a piece of property cut recently and the harvester had no interest in the cedar. Theres a lifetime worth there. And he unfortuneately had to cut quite a bit that was "in his way". So I 'm thinking I might as well mill it up into something useable and try and sell it. . Thinking 4x4 fence posts, 1x6 fence boards, 6x6 posts, and maybe1x4 decking. Maybe that will entice those looking to build cedar decks or fencing in their yards or something. The smaller stuff I will sharpen for regular farm fence posts. Does this sound viable? I was surprised to find that none of the local mills wanted the cedar. Is there no demand anymore with everything wolmanized?

When milling for decking on my LM29, do I mill it 6/4 to give room for planing. Same for everything else? Any thoughts?

Bill's picture

Full size 1x6 fence boards 4x4's and 2x4's all for fenceing may be your best bet for selling. I would only cut deck boards for orders because most customers generally like them planed and the edges rounded . 5/4 1x6 sells for $12 to $15 for an 8' length here in a lumber yd. for decking when planed . 

  You could advertize custom cut cedar for purgola's that may draw some interest and you avoide have a pile of odd ball sizes stacked around. What ever you decide lets us know how you make out to give others ideas how to make the most of the logs they have on hand. 


r.garrison1's picture

I have recently cut a lot of cedar, and I think Bill has it perfect.Some things to keep in mind for your LM29 (that is the mill I have also).

  • The big cedar logs look great, but will beat up your bed. Be as gentle as you can when loading the logs, and if you start getting odd cuts, check to make certain the bed is still level. 
  • If you can cut a 29" log, you can't cut a 1" board off the top of it. You can have a 29" log clear the top of the blade guard, and will have a 6" thick slab for the first cut.
  • If you have a log too big for the mill, I've generally tried to get it on the mill, then shape it to what I can cut. It rolls better when round. 
  • If you have some way of loading, it's easier to adjust the size before loading it on the mill, and the mill will stay in better shape.
  • If you need to resize a log, I developed a system for me. I use a board to line up and get a straight cut from one end to another using my 20" chain saw. Once I have that, I pound wedges into the cut, widening it. I start with normal felling wedges, then as it widens, I use trim from other cuts to make cedar wedges out of my waste. Once I have the opening wide enough, I force the nose of a low profile car speed jack into the crack, and start cranking, Eventually, the log will split (make certain you are clear when it does. I would hate to have half a log roll over onto you.



wbrent's picture

Thanks guys. Everything I have is small. And only 8-12feet long. So no problems getting stuff on the mill to cut. I have a small tractor with forks that make thing extra easy. 

eddiemac's picture

By the way, what kind of cedar do they have in Atlantic Canada? Is it eastern red cedar or the bigger stuff Bill and Garrison have in the west?

wbrent's picture

No- Smaller stuff. I call it Atlantic white cedar. Not sure if thats the real name for it. 

Sally01's picture

I need to put up a fence for the paddocks and I think what kind of tree to choose and what sizes to take

Sally01's picture

I made blanks for the fence and sold them, not professionally, but well, as requested by the client. I myself also needed to make a fence in the backyard, but I did not do the blanks, as there is no time and the order is too complicated, I do not know what technique it was necessary to do. In order not to suffer and not to lose time, I turned to walshlandscaping.co.uk, where I was explained a new technique that I had not used in my work before and a couple of nuances for a good sale. The company fulfilled the order well, the service is provided perfectly, as I wanted. Of course, I will not put fences, but I know the theory and can advise my clients.