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.
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.
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
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 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
Appearance grade 4×4 and 4×6, 5/4×8 bevel siding blanks, the list can go on and on.
Rough, appearance 4×4 western red cedar
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.