rough sawn lumber pine, oak

Our Lumber Inventory

We carry a variety of wood species including: Black Walnut, Ambrosia Maple, Ash, Cherry, Red and White Oak and more. The inventory changes quickly, it is best to call or text if you're looking for something specific.

Our lumber is locally harvested, coming mostly from Rhode Island and neighboring states.

When a log is sawn on a sawmill, the resulting lumber is considered "rough sawn". After drying, this rough sawn surface can be planed and sanded for a smooth finish. In addition to milling logs, we also provide: planing, flattening and sanding services for your convenience.

We can plane any piece or wood or wood\epoxy substrate up to 50" wide by 100" long for a smooth and flat surface.

We can custom mill any species to your specification. The inventory varies throughout the year. The best way to get what you need is to call, text or email. If we don't have it in stock, we'll get the logs and mill it for you.

White Pine Boards

1600 board feet of 1" thick 10' long White Pine boards (various widths) perfect for barns, sheds, animal shelters, club houses, signs you name it.

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Red Oak lumber

600 board feet of Red Oak various lengths, widths and thicknesses

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Pine 4 x 4

Our 4" x 4" rough sawn lumber, measuring actual four inches by four inches!

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Pine 2 x 6

Our 2" x 6" rough sawn lumber, measuring actual two inches by six inches!

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Pine cut offs

This is a pile of pine cut offs which are a result of milling pine logs. These are great for arts and craft projects, camp fires and outdoor furnaces. Call for availibility.

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Milling a Log into Lumber

The log is first loaded on the sawmill and rotated so most of its surface contacts the sawmill's bed and is up against the back supports of the sawmill.

Next, the log is secured and squared into a large beam known as a 'cant'. To square the log, four cuts are made, rotating the log 90 degrees each time.

The cant is then sawn into lumber.

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In addtion to sawing logs, we can also resaw existing lumber. Resawing is the process of reducing the thickness of a beam or board, for example; cutting a 2x4 into a 1x4. Band sawmills, like ours, make resawing easy and efficient.

Drying Lumber

Once the lumber is sawn, it must be dried. Freshly sawn lumber contains high levels of moisture. This moisture must be removed through evaporation.

The least expensive way to do this, is air drying. Outdoor air drying can reduce the moisture content of wood to about 15% in New England. Drying rates vary depending on the season. Faster drying occurs in the Summer and less in the Winter.

Kilns are another way to dry lumber. Kilns are large insulated enclosures with a heater and dehumidifier. Warm, dry air from the heater is pushed by a fan through one or more lumber stack(s) inside the kiln. The warm air accelerates the evaporation of moisture in the wood. The humidifier condenses the moist air into water which is pumped outside the kiln.

Instrumentation is used to control the air temperature and air speed during the drying process. The moisture content (MC) of the lumber is measured periodically until it reaches the desired level at which time the lumber is considered dry and removed from the kiln.

Often, kilns are used to further lower the moisture content of lumber that has already been air dried.

Here are the basic steps when air drying lumber outdoors:

It is best to keep the lumber away from the ground as much as possible. A minimum distance is 12 inches. This can be achieved by building a sturdy wooden structure on cement blocks.

Stack the lumber allowing about a 1/2 inch separation between pieces. When a row is completed use one inch, dry square sticks laid at 90 degrees to the lumber spaced every 18 inches. Repeat the process until all the lumber is stacked.

Drying Lumber Stack

The upper row should have sticks to isolate it from the roof. Before placing the roof, drape Shade Cloth over the entire stack. This helps prevent the wood from discoloring from the Sun's UV rays.

The stack must be protected from rain in order to dry properly. The roof can be any material, A 4' x 8' sheet of SmartSide found at big box stores works well. This material is stable, won't warp and is relatively cheap. Place the roof on the stack over the Shade Cloth. If the area is susceptible to strong winds, place weights on the roof to prevent it from moving. Now wait.