Milled & Kilned

Our North Chicago production facility centers around a Wood-Mizer band saw mill, capable of cutting logs up to 36 inches in diameter and up to 20 feet lengths. We operate three dehumidification kilns capable of drying 4000 board feet per cycle. Typical dry times on green lumber ranges from 4-8 weeks, while thick slabs can take up to three months.

Custom Milling

We can custom mill trees from your property or pull from our inventory of logs to mill to your specification. Standard prices are as follows:

  • 4/4 and 5/4 up to 21” wide= $2.5/board foot
  • 6/4 and 8/4 up to 14” wide= $3.25/board foot
  • 6/4 and 8/4 >14” = $8.50/board foot
  • Larger/ wider milling available, ask for pricing

Custom Kiln Drying

We can kiln dry your green lumber to furniture grade moisture content of 8%-10% for most milled lumber relative to Chicago humidity.  For extra thick stock or logs we can run it through a sterilization cycle to eliminate any living bugs. Standard prices are as follows:

  • 4/4 and 5/4 up to 21” wide= $2.5/board foot
  • 6/4 and 8/4 up to 14” wide= $3.25/board foot
  • 6/4 and 8/4 >14” = $8.50/board foot
  • Larger/ wider milling available, ask for pricing

Understanding Board feet

Our lumber is sold by the board foot. A board foot indicates a volume quantity equal to a board 12 inches by 12 inches by 1 inch. The formula for calculating board feet is as follows: (length x width x thickness)/144. Typically, board thicknesses will be listed in 1/4-inch increments:

  • 4/4 = nominal 1.00 inch
  • 5/4 = nominal 1.25 inches
  • 6/4 = nominal 1.50 inches
  • 7/4 = nominal 1.75 inches
  • 8/4 = nominal 2.00 inches etc.

To calculate approximately how many board feet are in a log: Click here for Doyle Log scale in Board feet

Receiving Your Log

We can arrange for your logs to be picked up from your property and brought to our mill located in North Chicago, or we can network with your tree company and make arrangements for delivery. Click here for our log pick up contract