Timber milling is the second stage in the process of wood production where harvested trees are cut into beams, planks and other wood products of varying shapes and sizes, which are then used by residential, commercial and industrial entities for several purposes, including home or building construction.
For the uninitiated, timber is an incredibly versatile construction material that offers a myriad of awesome benefits for both us and our environment. Firstly, timber is a renewable resource that also happens to be reusable and easy to turn into other wood products. Secondly, timber possesses remarkable insulating properties that surpass the insulating power of brick, which is another material known for being an excellent insulator. Lastly, timber is durable enough that it can be used for structural purposes in home and building construction.
Now, let’s go back to timber milling.
A sawmill or timber mill is the place where logs are cut into timber. For crafting timber, either softwood or hardwood species can be used.
Here in Australia, most timber mills are outfitted with modern equipment for processing logs and turning them into timber of varying widths, lengths and shapes. However, even with modernized saws and machines, the step-by-step process that logs undergo remains the same as it was over hundreds of years ago, but the difference is it’s faster and more accurate today.
The basic process in the average timber mill involves everything from felling the trees, bucking them to length and cutting the branches off the trunk, to trimming the ends at typical lumber length, removing naturally occurring moisture from the timber, and smoothening the surface. The final product is then called sawn timber.
This entire process of producing sawn timber for construction use is what they call timber milling. And some of the most common sawn timber products are timber roof trusses and timber wall frames, among others.
Nowadays, there are some timber manufacturers that harness the power of advanced technology so they can provide custom timber milling services of the highest quality and detail to their customers. Using CAD programs, they are able to construct and execute design plans with extreme precision and detail, avoiding any costly errors throughout the entire milling process.
Timber milling has definitely come a long way compared to what it was hundreds of years ago. And thanks to the modern advancements in technology, our generation can enjoy standard or custom sawn timber products of the finest quality to suit our needs, whether it be for construction or any other purpose.