Mill Outlet Lumber

Archive for November, 2012

Plywood Central

Mill Outlet is the place to find bargains on Shop grade Plywood Siding and sheathing such as CDX plywood. Most of what we carry is Shop grade meaning that it has some defect but is otherwise very usable for many things such as shelving, sheds and outbuildings, containers and even non structural residential uses such as roof re sheathing in the case where you are covering existing structural sheathing.

Shop grade also means that it is less expensive of course. Currently we carry a wide variety of T-1-11 siding in this grade, with and without grooves and in 3/8″, some 1/2″ and lots of 5/8″ thicknesses. T-1-11 is also available in 4×8, 4×9 and 4×10 foot sheets.

If you are in the need for inexpensive, shop grade siding, look no further than Mill Outlet Lumber where you can count on us to always be on the lookout for bargains for you!

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Black Friday, Bah!

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There are no Black Fridays at Mill Outlet Lumber, We are here today, getting caught up on chores and getting things done! And we will be here again tomorrow doing more of the same. If you are tired of all the shopping hype and are more interested in a sense of accomplishment, come and see us, we will help you out. Cedar Fencing, Shingles, Shakes Siding and Boards. Shop grade plywood and T-1-11 siding, Pressure Treated Lumber and competitive, money saving prices on it all. I refuse to call a day, black, so today is “Mill Outlet Friday” just another day of cost saving and sensible answers to your lumber questions, no need to glamorize it.

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Super Tacoma Fire Logs

Fire Log Powers ACTIVATE!

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Never underestimate the power of the Lowly Tacoma Fire Log. Not only do they possess 8000 Btu’s per pound worth of heating energy, but add a little rainwater and they break concrete blocks like Bruce Lee. Seriously, Mike left these two Tacoma Fire Logs inside this Concrete block on Saturday and this is what we found this morning, our portable lumberyard heater, destroyed. This shows the great deal of compression that goes into making the logs as well as the low amount of heat wasting moisture they do not contain. These started out as neat little 3″ x 3″ nuggets and now they are over 4 times that size.

Tacoma Fire Logs at Mill Outlet Lumber, $5.50 per box of 8,  1/2 the price of Home Depot or Costco, comparable products or even less $275.00 per ton, 696 bricks or nearly 1/2 price again.

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The Dog House

Everyone loves their pup, unless they are a cat person, that is why, Sunday, I declared, I think I’ll build Rusti a house. After all, it was raining outside and the image of poor little Rusti sitting on the deck, in the rain, with no roof over her head is enough to motivate most anyone to action. So I devised a plan, with the various lumber leftovers of summer yard and garden projects and built her a house, a palace, and a yard ornament. The point being, you can do a lot, with a little, given some motivation, limited resources and most important, inspiration.

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Rusti !

Rusti !

 

This is what is so great about a Lumberyard like Mill Outlet. it is full of the resources, the pieces and parts of so many ideas, projects, dreams, Pieces, that that need to be arranged, cut,  fastened and sometimes cut again into the shape that inspires you. You can then step back, take some pride, and maybe even boast a bit about that thing you built with your own hands and the image in your mind. Be it a deck or a fence, a doghouse or a birdhouse, or the pride of finally enclosing the last wall of the barn for half what you expected to spend because of the great deal you got at Mill Outlet Lumber.

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Board and Batten Siding

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I probably get 1 call per week from people looking for Board and Batten siding for their barn or shed. They always seem to want wide boards and long boards, but they don’t seem to mind much about the grade. The problem is that wide boards command a premium price because they come from bigger trees which in turn tend to produce more knot free, clear high value wood and the same person who is looking for shed siding or barn siding does not want to spend a lot to get their job done… End result, is thar not many of these phone calls go anywhere.

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Last week I was speaking to a customer in the yard and he was really looking for a solution to this dilemma, when I asked him, “do you Really need full length, wide boards?”,His response surprised me, No, he said as we simultaneously said “and you can bevel cut the butt joints to keep most of the rain out. So I am sharing the word. Do you Really need full length wide Barn and Shed Siding? 1×12 Tight Knot cedar with a 1×2 batten will cost in the neighborhood of $3.00 per square foot. Even low grade 1×12, that will probably be split or have missing knots will be $1.50 or more.

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If you use our 1×6-8′ #1 fence board as a backing board and our 1×4-8′ #1 as a Batten with 1/2″ overlap, it will cost $1.03 per square foot by comparison. If you step down and use the same boards in a #3 grade the cost drops to $ .83 per square foot. All of this for a very attractive, no hole, board and batten siding. A further benefit is that these boards are 5/8″ thick so that the total thickness does not become too great and we also carry a wide variety of other sizes and lengths that will work well as trim, corners and to optimize lengths. The good news is that shorter length, fence boards will reduce the cost further. If you are asking yourself if the joints in the boards will be a problem, remember that no matter what siding you use, you should use a moisture barrier such as felt at the very minimum. Also keep in mind that all wood siding has joints that must be handled correctly through clever and sensible installation and application.

So,, by getting a little outside the box we can put siding on those old barns, rustic charm on your home and spruce up backyard sheds, without breaking the bank.

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Split Rail Fence

When Railsplitter Abraham Lincoln set out to build or mend some fence he had to start by beating his way through a pile of Chestnut logs or two. Nowadays we have it easy some say, kids not willing to work hard for anything, everything available at the filck of a switch.

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Honest Days Work

I am happy to say that we don’t have to split rail today, having done it myself a time or two, it is so much easier and convenient to make a trip to Mill Outlet for your Split Rail Supplies. Not only are your rails and posts split and ready to go, but they are mortised and tenoned so that they fit right together without giant spikes or precipitous balancing acts.

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Spike !!

At Mill Outlet, we stock 1000’s of feet of rail and 100’s of posts in two sizes and varieties. Pony Rail, is smaller and more affordable,, But it also has more of the character that most people are looking for in landscape projects and wetlands delineation projects. Pony Rail, comes in two rail and three rail configurations and we stock both 8′ and 10′ rails for scale and convenience. As far as posts go we keep line posts, end posts and 90 degree corner posts on hand all of the time.

Standard Split Rail is somewhat larger than Pony Rail and tends to be “blockier” with fewer knots and interesting grain. It gives a more uniform look when installed when that is what you are looking for. We stock Standard Split Rail in the same sizes and options as with Pony Rail.

What is most important for you to know is that you can count on Mill Outlet Lumber for Split Rail when you need it and that  we will work like “Railsplitters” to earn your respect no matter what lumber product you need today.

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Open Stock

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Raised Beds

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Now is the time to be thinking about Gardening, for next Spring. At Mill Outlet it is time as well,, because we are onto a great new source for 2×10 and 2×12 Western Red Cedar,,, for very reasonable prices. Build your raised beds now, get some soil in them, and nutrients if needed, then let them condition a little over the winter, and I promise you will not be sorry. When everyone else is looking forward to Christmas you will be 3 steps ahead of them pining for Spring. Grow more of your own delicious food and enjoy the satisfaction of watching it grow. If you don’t do it now, it will soon be too late.

2×10- $1.25/foot

2×12-$1.75/foot

4×4- utility $1.00/foot

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Tacoma Fire Logs

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It may not occur to one at first but in addition to supplying high quality Cedar lumber and Fence supplies, Pressure Treated lumber and Shop Grade plywood. Mill Outlet Lumber is the go to source for clean burning, long lasting Tacoma Fire Logs. We stock and sell these by the box of 8 and by the one ton pallet.

Boxes of 8 sell for $5.50 and come with a fire starter plug, and 1 ton pallets sell for $275.00 and do not come with a fire starter, sorry.

Tacoma Fire Logs are not made with wax binders but are compressed under extreme pressure that binds them together. They are of course made in Tacoma and support the local economy. They will burn for 1-2 hours in an open fire pit or up to 6 hours in a well controlled woodstove. Each log is approximately 3 pounds and contains 24,000 btu’s of energy

Help us support the local economy and make use of lumber mill byproduct while saving money, purchasing Tacoma Fire Logs at Mill Outlet Lumber

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Where is Mill Outlet Lumber ?

In Tacoma, South Tacoma to be exact, From  I-5 take the 56th st exit west 12 blocks or so, turn right on Tyler at the light go 8 blocks and we are on the right. From Highway 16 take the Orchard st,/ 19th st exit and head East on 19th to Tyler, turn right and go about 28 blocks and we are on the right, click Here for a map and directions. Another way to look at it is we are centrally located for our customers in Tacoma, University Place, Fircrest, Lakewood and Spanaway, never more than 15 minutes away. Because of our nononsense access to freeways we are also convenient for you from all over western Washington.

  • Puyallup   14.5 Miles- 22 minutes
  • Gig Harbor 10.7 Miles–19 minutes
  • Federal Way 16.1 Miles–23 minutes
  • Sumner 17.4 Miles–23 minutes
  • Kent 21.4 Miles–26 minutes
  • Auburn 17.1 Miles–21 minutes
  • Port Orchard 24.8 Miles–30 minutes
  • Des Moines 20.8 Miles–27 minutes
  • Covington 26.1 Miles–31 minutes
  • Renton 29 Miles–36 minutes
  • Burien 29.4 MIles-36 minutes
  • Bellevue 37 Miles-43 minutes
  • Olympia 28 Miles-34 minutes
  • West Seattle 34.5 Miles–45 minutes
  • Mercer Island 41.6 Miles–50 minutes
  • Redmond 46.1 Miles–54 minutes
  • Kirkland 43.9 Miles–51 minutes
  • North Seattle 42.9 MIles–51 minutes
  • Lynnwood  50.8 Miles–60 minutes
  • Issaquah 45.3 Miles–53 minutes
  • Woodinville 49.9 Miles–57 minutes
  • North Bend 44.8 Miles–52 minutes
  • Cle Elum 100 Miles–1 hour 45 minutes

The list could go on and on but the point is that we are only minutes away unless you live in Cle Elum which happens to be where one customer made 2 trips in one day with a 2 axle car trailer to buy fence materials from us because of our fair prices and excellent quality.

In addition to being located conveniently for our Western Washington customers, we also ship cedar products nationwide on a regular basis. Post caps to Houston and Chicago, Clear cedar 1×8 to Minneapolis and Fence boards to New York, are just a few of our recent shipments.

So come in or call or email or text, just don’t forget about Mill Outlet Lumber when you need Cedar fencing, decking, Pressure Treated Lumber, shop plywood or Cedar and Fir Clears.

Thank You,

Doug Smith

253 514 0658

Norris@lowpricedcedar.com

4811 S Tyler St. Tacoma 98409

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