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Archive for December, 2012

Garden Lumber

Most people can get excited about the idea of gardening either for the intrinsic good feeling it gives them to help create something that is alive and growing or from the practical stance of growing good food and knowing where it comes from. I am a little bit of both. Even if I don’t save a penny on the food I grow in the garden, the enjoyment that I get every day, whether measuring the growth of the Hops vines or sharing snap peas with my dog Rusti before I leave for work early in the morning, or just sitting in the afternoon sun, taking in a system of beds and strategically placed plants that not only works, but is working as I watch.

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Even now, on the darkest day of the year, the garden still pays it’s dividend. I feel good about it, good enough to take the time to write, to maybe inspire others to experience the same. Now is the time to start preparing, not on the first 60 degree day. A little work and weather resistance will pay off well when the ground starts to warm.

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Weather resistance

At Mill Outlet, we are always trying to keep materials on hand to meet the needs of home gardeners. We certainly will always have something that can be used for vines to climb on or a fence for wind protection, or raised beds for better control of your soil condition and temperature. At times we will also have special items, high quality or low price, or a combination of the two.

Right now is one of those times. We have a large amount of 2×12 western Red Cedar, more on the way, along with 2×8 and 2×10. All of this is very nice for the price, perfect for raised bed building. 2×12 is $1.75/ft, 2×10 is $1.45 and 2×8 is $1.15.

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More on the way

We also have a limited amount of cedar 4×4 for only $1.00 per foot and 1×3-6 high quality tight knot cedar for only $ .90 each.

I could go on and on about all the things we can supply home gardeners, but it is probably better for you to come in, nose around a bit and ask some questions. I am positive you will find what you need.,,,,,,,,,,,Doug

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Perfect for me, Perfect for You?

This morning I was responding to an E mail inquiry for some clear utility cedar we have. The customer wanted specified lengths and in the end said, oh yeah and the boards need to be  perfect.

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Perfect ?

This was a reminder to me of why I enjoy selling lumber products so much. I reminded him that if these boards were quote, unquote perfect they would be more like $6-$7 per board foot instead of $2.50. What I considered but did not mention was that even the $6 per foot boards would not be perfect for some or even most people when all facts are considered. The boards might be straight, tight and vertical grained, perfectly dried and of consistent color, perfectly surfaced and edged, but who can afford $6.00 per board foot. That is $100.00 for 2-10 foot 1×10 boards, not perfect for me at least.

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Perfect ?

So perfect for me is making sure that what you get is perfect for you, your project, at this point and time. We work hard to carry the right combination of product, price and value to fit the majority of your needs and expectations. We make ourselves readily available to tell you about those items so that you can see clearly how they will work into your idea of perfection. We will never strong arm a customer into taking something they don’t want or need, We are only here to listen, inform, answer questions and Deliver!

Clear vertical grain cedar or fir, excellent fence board and supplies, Pressure Treated lumber, affordable shop grade plywood, cedar split rail, Utility cedar lumber, low grade, high value bargains we are constantly searching for. Quick, drive through service and knowledgeable, polite answers to all of your questions.

So, what I am saying is,,, what is perfect for us is finding the wood products that are perfect for you.

…….Mill Outlet Lumber

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Perfect ?

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Western Red Cedar Timbers

E very month that goes by sees our inventory of Western red Cedar timbers and rough appearance grade stock grow

We are now stocking 6×6 full dimension rough resawn appearance timbers in 8′, 10, and 12′ lengths

Rough resawn appearance 6x6

Rough resawn appearance 6×6

Also rough sawn 2×4, 2×6, 2×8, 2×10 and 2×12 most of which is 1 11/16 by 1/4″ undersize in width. Excellent material for a really fair price.

Rougher headed western red cedar

Rougher headed western red cedar

Appearance grade 4×4 and 4×6, 5/4×8 bevel siding blanks, the list can go on and on.

Rough, appearance 4x4 western red cedar

Rough, appearance 4×4 western red cedar

 

rougher headed 5/4x8 bevel siding blanks

rougher headed 5/4×8 bevel siding blanks

 

 

Western Red Cedar Timbers, while not always in stock at our location, these babies are readily available at all times for reasonable prices, mostly between $1.20 and $2.00 per board foot as of this date for reasonable sizes and lengths. 12×12 and 12×16, 28′-32′ will cost a little more like $2.75 per board foot. These prices do not include freight, but if you are interested in a certain tally and sizes we can quickly work up a total package quote.

This is the material we have available all the time

This is the material we have available all the time

Everything, from 4×4 to 12×16 and in lengths up to 32′ in some cases is generally available in short turn around times, appearance rough timbers you can not find normally

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White Fir

White Fir Decking arriving soon to Mill Outlet Lumber. These attractive boards are

3/4″ x 4 5/8″x 12′ long and are a B clear grade, meaning that they have some knots, but are primarily Clear. What!, 1×5 decking, nobody uses that. This is true, but apparently they do in Korea where this material was originally destined to go. The deal fell through and we swooped in to pick up the bargain for you.

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Not just for Decks anymore

Do not limit yourself to think of this lumber only as decking. It is perfect for door jambs and window liners, we will probably have some made into flooring and paneling. It was kiln dried to 14% moisture content and has a heavily relieved back to ensure dimensional stability.

The price, only $4.00 per 12′ board or $ .33 1/3 per foot

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The Lowly Post Cap

At Mill Outlet Lumber we manufacture simple, practical Fence Post Caps. It only makes sense because we do sell fencing, we do sell an array of cedar products and we try really hard to be practical.

As I drive around I see a lot of post caps and it makes me wonder if people realize that they serve a purpose. Most of them I see are decorative and I am certain, overpriced, made of copper, or with solar panels and built in lights. That is all neat, but in this day and age is it really necessary?

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Our Cedar post caps are inexpensive and they serve a purpose. They shed water off the tops of fence posts while protecting from the sun reducing opportunities to degrade the end grain causing the posts to check, crack, let in more of the elements and ultimately fail. All this and since we take extra care to select each cap as it is cut, they don’t look too bad either.

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Because you are buying from the manufacturer and because we know how to keep our costs down low, we can ship these caps nationwide in quantities of 1 or 1000, or more, while saving you money.

For Inexpensive Cedar post Caps, Fencing and more, look to Mill Outlet Lumber for all Cedar needs.

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Clear Lumber Corner

Mill Outlet is the place to find the clear vertical grain lumber you want but don’t want to pay for. We are continuing to bolster our selection and inventory of Western Red cedar utility clear boards and interesting profiles. Just came in, 5/4×10, 1×6, 2×2, 2×3, 3/8″ lattice, 1/2×5, 1×6 and more 1/2×4 Tongue and groove, all In Cedar. Also, just arrived, more Vg Fir e grade, in 1×8, 1×10 and 1×6, long lengths. Our prices are impossible to beat on this material an we are committed to be the “go to” source for Cedar and Fir clears in Western Washington. Keep an eye on us for our current offerings and don’t be afraid to come on down and see for yourself what we have to offer in finish grade Fir and Cedar.

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