Logging in The Phoenix Metro

(S.E. Valley – Chandler Area)

Milled Slabs

You buy a house, start a family and plant some trees. As your kids grow up, you enjoy watching them play in and around those trees or maybe you even installed a swing, hammock or tree house. Even if those trees weren’t planted by you and you don’t have kids that have grown up with them, they have still generally provided some level of aesthetic value or at the very least shade. (Who doesn’t like shade in the desert.) I don’t know about you but I would much rather see a tree from my property get a new life as a table top, coffee table, bench sign or even planter box than see it burned as firewood or especially thrown into the landfill. With costs around here upwards of $50 a ton, hauling heavy logs to a landfill is costly both to you and the environment. They might be a renewable resource but they definitely aren’t a fast growing one so if you have a large tree that has fallen down in a recent storm or needs to be removed, RECYCLE.


IMG_0116I’ve been wanting to get a mill for years and I finally found a friend as crazy as I am. We haven’t come up with a way to get one of the larger portable bandsaw mills like I’ve been drooling over for years but we did manage to get something else. Not just something else but a BIG something else. Together, we got a new STIHL MS 880R Chainsaw with a 59-inch bar and a 54-inch Panther Pro II Mill attachment. Well.. Kind of together. My friend spent the large amount of money on the chainsaw and I purchased the mill and have since purchased multiple 10-foot long chains, sharpening equipment and get to store it all. With this setup, we are capable of milling logs up to 50-inches in diameter and producing slabs thicker than 12-inches even though 1-inch to 4-inch slabs are a little easier to manage. (If you’re wondering why we’re running on an extension ladder, this is to get a flat “reference” cut. All proceeding cuts are done without the ladder.)


All services depend on my availability and you will most likely have to work with me on a schedule. I am a full-time working family man after all. If we are unable to work with each others schedules, I can provide referrals to other’s that can provide similar services that might work out.


IMG_0099If you have a tree that meets the desirable tree criteria and has either blown down in a storm or has been or is getting cut down, I’ll remove the largest sections of the tree at no cost. Not only will you be giving your tree a new life but this will potentially save you hundreds of dollars in landfill fees.
*Please note that this is an already downed tree. I don’t currently have the time, means and proper licensing to remove your tree. (You can ask and I might recommend but no guarantee.) 


IMG_0142Our current mill is capable of slabbing logs up to 50-inches in diameter in thicknesses anywhere from 1-inch to over 12-inches. If we are providing this service to you, we would prefer to do it at my location in N. Chandler AZ if possible. We understand that many logs can be very large and unmanageable so we are willing to work out a deal to either mill it on location or provide some sort of transportation.

IMG_0303$ Prices can vary widely based on services and conditions. If you are interested, check out my contact page for an estimate.
* In the event we encounter hardware (nail, screw, bolt, etc.) while providing a custom milling service, the cost of the blade will be charged.


IMG_0143All lumber must be fully dried before put to use and fortunately, we live in one of the best climates for that to happen naturally. There are many
applications where you might want air-dried lumber and others where kiln dried would be best. At the moment, all of my own slabs are air-dried in
my back yard in Chandler and as a rule of thumb, you should let a slab dry out one year per inch of thickness. Since we live in Arizona, many of these times are lessened by quite a bit depending on the time of year. If you are using wood that is very sappy or prone to insect infestation, it would be better to get it kiln dried. Unfortunately, I do not have kiln on my property but I do have some acquaintances that do and would dry your slabs for a price.


Board Foot Log TableYou might think that many of the trees we have around the Phoenix metropolitan area might not get big enough with the lack of water, we are in a desert after all. You also might wonder if the types of trees would be worth while but you would be wrong on both of those. At least to an extent… Yes, we are in a desert with limited water and yes there are some crappy trees out there but there are also a lot of good ones!


Some of the desirable trees in the valley are: Alepo and Canary Island Pine, Sissoo Rosewood, Walnut, Mesquite, Olive, Pecan, Bottle, Carob, Eucalyptus, African Sumac & others.


In this department, the bigger and straighter the better but beggars can’t be choosers. To really make it worth while, the tree should really be 10-inches or more in diameter, at least 6-feet long and relatively straight. My capacity is 50-inches in diameter and I’ve gotten close only once. You can use this log to Bd. Ft. conversion table to help get an idea of what might be hiding in your log. (1 Bd. Ft. = 1″x12″x12″)