The Guild has facilities for air drying timber that has been cut into slabs or boards. This process may take several years but once dry the timber can be re-sawn, cut to size or thicknessed ready for use. Timber may be cut into turning blanks or boards suitable for making boxes or larger furniture items. The timber may be used for a Guild project or sold to members at reasonable prices to assist in funding new equipment or facilities. One of our members, Graham Hargense often uses his Lucas slabbing mill to cut logs into slabs or boards for the Guild. The Guild also has several chain saws and a slabbing guide for smaller logs.
A Woodfast horizontal band-saw has been acquired for dimensioning small logs (up to 400 mm diameter x 1. 4 m long). This saw cuts more accurately with less waste than a chain-saw mill.
Payment for timber may be made in cash at the Shed or online here.
Timber prices – 2020
Prices are calculated on a value of $3,000 per cubic m for species which are good for turning and often available. Lower value and higher value species will be adjusted accordingly (see below *). Blanks with faults may also be reduced.
Face plate blanks – 50 mm (2”) deep
For deeper blanks, multiply pro-rata (100 mm deep = double the price)
Spindle blanks – standard length 300 mm (12″)
Boards and dressed timber (*)
Indicative prices for dressed and square boards ($ per cubic m). Prices for rough sawn boards less $500 per cubic metre:
$ 1,500: Radiata pine, Oregon
$2,000: Hoop pine, Kauri pine, Western red cedar, Red gum, Blakely’s Red gum, Red Iron bark, Camphor laurel
$3,000 (native): Tassie Oak (Vic. Ash), Jarrah, Spotted Gum, White cedar, Silky oak, Queensland maple, Cypress pine (Calitris).
$3,000 (exotic): European Elm, Box elder, Osage orange, Ash (Fraxinus), Pin oak, Rock Maple, London Plane, Manchurian Pear, Cypress pine (Cupressus), Cedar (Cedrus).
$4,000: Qld. Silver ash, Blackwood, Rose mahogany, Celery top pine, Tasmanian Myrtle, Black Bean, Coachwood, Mulga.
$6,000: Red cedar, Huon pine, Mahogany
Blackwood (ex-Foursquare): $3,500 to $7,000 depending on size and quality.
Box-making packs require additional processing so will be relatively higher in unit price.
The Timber Team: Robin Cromer, Peter Rogers, John Roddy, Ray Farmer & Brendan Sutton.