Mike and Ben Totta at wood mill

Our Visit to a Hardwood Flooring Mill


How ruff wood turned into hard wood flooring

1. Purchase Rough Cut Boards

rough cut boards

First thing the mill buys to turn ruff wood into hard wood flooring is rough cut boards from a saw mill. The process begins at this building where graders separate the lumber.

2. The wood is dried.

dried wood

This facility takes the drying process from 4 month down to a few weeks. They are able to control temperature and humidity to ensure the woods remains stable and undamaged.

This is the yard where the rest of the wood remains for approximately 4 months to dry out the more traditional way. The boards are stacked as high as possible so the weight keeps the boards from warping or bending.

3. The wood is milled into flooring.

Once the wood is dry, it is milled into flooring. The first step is to plane the wood down to the right thickness

4. Add Tongue and Groove

A groove and tongue is milled on the long ends of each board

5. Bundle, band and Load onto pallets for shipping.

shipping palletsFinally, once the wood goes through the entire milling process it is banded into bundles and loaded onto pallets where it is shipped to distribution centers.

Ben and I really enjoyed learning more about the supply chain in our industry

these guys were cutting out the major defects and pushing the boards through to be end cut.

hardwood flooring mill

this is a huge vacuum system that sucks as much of the dust out as possible where it is used to power the operation and to be sold to make charcoal.

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