For customers who prefer to have the exact size materials they need with no waste, Timber Creek offers custom cut lumber and panel products. This is a popular service for many of our customers that enjoy building their own wood packaging.
Resawing is the process of splitting 1 – 12 inch hardwood lumber or softwood lumber into two or more thinner pieces of full width and length boards. For example, splitting a ten-foot 2×4 into two, ten-foot 1x4s is considered resawing. As with all saws, resawing eliminates a blade’s width of material for each cut made. You may hear resawn softwood lumber referred to as “S3S”, or Surfaced 3 Sides, because it has one rough-sawn side that has not been surfaced as a standard softwood board of its size.
Resawn or 1×4 S3S, for example, is not exactly the same thickness or surface texture as standard 1×4 S4S, which has been surfaced on all 4 sides. Resawing material is often a great option for applications that require low cost and do not require a smooth surface on one side of the board.
In our Milwaukee mill, we have two high-speed McDonough re-saws and two, thin kerf Baker re-saws to offer the highest turnaround time without sacrificing quality.
In addition to resawing lumber, we can also “rip” boards with single or multiple blades. Ripping is the process of splitting 1 – 12 inch hardwood lumber or softwood lumber into two or more narrower pieces of full-length boards. For example, splitting a ten-foot 2×4 into two, ten-foot 2x2s is considered ripping. As with all saws, ripping eliminates a blade’s width of material for each cut made. Softwood ripped boards will always have one rough-sawn side that has not been surfaced as a standard softwood board of its size. Hardwood is generally already rough and no notable difference exists on the ripped surface.
Cutting to Length
We have bundle saws at various facilities, capable of cutting full units or sorted amounts to any size within a 1/8 inch tolerance. This can save a significant amount of time over cutting lumber one board at a time. Our Milwaukee facility has a Dimter-Opticut high-speed, belt-fed saw for high-volume and precision cutting. This saw can optimize and automatically cut best yield out of a given board. We also have many chop saws with Tiger stops for more custom and lower-volume jobs.
Cutting to Size (Panel Products)
We use an advanced, computerized HOLZMA panel saw that keeps us on the cutting edge of technology. The HOLZMA panel saw is located in our Milwaukee facility and is capable of cutting multiple pieces from any size panels with both precision and high speed.
Miscellaneous Cutting Services
- Banding grooves and datos can be added to blocking, stringers on skids, and boards
- Notching of stringers or runners for 4-way entry
- Custom-cut foam (and gluing) to customer specifications for crating applications