There are many variables to consider when setting fees for milling services, especially when milling at a clients location. There is no routine job, so fees are tailored to your specific situation, an ‘Ala carte’ fee structure. During our site visit we would be glad to measure your logs, estimate footage, and explain which fees will apply. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. No deposit is required but payment is expected when services are rendered. If you require invoicing, or have any questions, please let us know.
Mobile Setup Fee – $50.00 +Travel Mileage at $3.00 per mile, one way, measured on google maps from the intersection of Hwy 200 and Sunnyside Rd.
A Mobile Setup Fee applies to the first day that we mill at your site.
The Travel Mileage Fee is based on the one-way distance from the intersection of Hwy 200 and Sunnyside Rd. in Sandpoint to the milling site, according to Google Maps. Subsequent appointments at the same site are eligible for a Repeat Discount (50% off Mileage), whether the next day or even years later. There is no charge for an initial site visit to evaluate your logs and milling site.
Most milling jobs are charged by the board foot of lumber actually produced. A board foot is equal to 1 square foot – one inch thick. For example: a board 2” thick, 6” wide and 10′ long would contain 10 board feet. You can specify the thickness at which your lumber is milled in increments of 1/16th of an inch.
Board foot rates are for lumber up to 16-1/2 ft long. We can mill lumber up to 20 ft in length, but that requires an extension to the mill that prevents using its power feed. Hence it is slower and more costly. If you need longer beams/boards, call.
$0.50/bdft for 1″ to 1-1/2″
$0.40 /bdft for over 1-1/2″ but no more than 2-1/2″
$0.35/bdft for over 2-1/2″ or live edge slabs
When boards come off the sawmill, they are considered to be rough sawn lumber. Historically, lumber was referred to by its thickness when milled, in increments of one quarter inch (older mills weren’t as accurate as today’s mills). It is expected that the material will shrink as it dries, and that it will be planed to a consistent thickness before use. That may means the final dimension is ¼ to 3/8” less than when milled. That is why a 1×6 that you buy at the lumberyard may only be ¾” thick by 5 1/2” wide.
“Four quarter” lumber (4/4) refers to freshly milled lumber that is 1.000 to 1.249” thick, (at 1.250” thick it would be considered 5/4 lumber). Generally, when milling 4/4 lumber, the mills set-works will be set for 1 1/8” thickness. Please let me know what thickness you prefer, or what dimension you would like to achieve. For the purpose of figuring board footage, lengths are rounded down to the nearest ½ foot, widths to even numbers. For live edged boards, widths are averaged rather than measuring each board individually.
Hourly Milling Fee – $75.00 per hour (or $1.25 per minute)
Short logs (less than 8′) and smaller diameter logs (less than 10” at the small end), require extra time to load, clamp, and turn- yielding relatively few board feet for the time involved. Those logs may be charged by the hour rather than by the board foot. Hourly rates may also be applied to specialty milling projects like mantles, beams, cookies, and re-sawing.
When we have to stop and move each board, productivity goes down considerably and the hourly rate will apply. It is the clients responsibility to provide someone to remove lumber from the mill and move it to its resting location, unless it has been agreed upon beforehand to be done as a package, or with machinery. Note: freshly milled lumber can be quite heavy. If you plan to mill lumber thicker than 1 1/2” (6/4) you’ll probably need an additional helper. An 8/4×23”x8′ walnut plank will weigh about 150 pounds – some species are even heavier.
Site &/or Log Prep Fee – $60.00 per hour
The most efficient milling operations have the logs lined up perpendicular to the mill location, ready to load without additional preparation. An hourly fee is charged for moving logs to the loading area, chainsaw trimming of limbs, bucking logs to length, trimming over-sized or odd shaped logs to fit on the mill, removing excessive dirt or debris from the bark, digging out metal from the log, stacking lumber, or relocating the mill after initial setup.
Striking an Object in the Log – $15.00-$25.00 per instance
The band-saw blade is designed for cutting wood only. Cutting into hard objects such as metal (nails, fencing, etc.), rocks or other objects will damage the blade. Striking smaller objects may only require a re-sharpening of the blade at a fee of $15.00 per instance. Striking more substantial objects may break the blade or shear the teeth from the blade. In these cases, there is a fee of up to $25.00 depending on the service life of the blade. It is not unusual for lower logs from trees around residences or fences to contain metal. If you suspect metal in a log, please let us know. Unless you have lots of logs to choose from, I wouldn’t scrap a log due to a potential for metal. Would you pass on several hundred dollars worth of lumber because it might cost $15 more to mill it?
- We can provide stickers for clients who need them. Sold in bundles of 25, 3′ stickers are $15 per bundle, and 4′ stickers are $18 per bundle. One week advanced notice is required please.
- We also provide custom planing and edging services. Our planer accepts lumber with a maximum width of 13”. Lumber must be dry and free of objects and metal like nails or staples. Planing and edging services are $60.00 per hour with a $25.00 minimum. That works out to about 4 cents per linear foot – per pass
Products, such as stickers, are subject to Idaho Sales Tax at the prevailing rates.