Hands On Sawmill LLC is owned and operated by Wendy Williams and Gene Williams. Our main business is custom mesquite furniture in a style that I like to call “Refined Rustic”. Most of the furniture is custom orders. However, there is usually a good selection of cutting boards, crosses, bowls, bootjacks, candle holders, etc...ready to go. And, of course, we will custom saw your logs and sell lumber. We have an old circular mill that is more like a museum piece. It has a 52" blade and is inoperational. We will soon have it set up as "Yard Art".
Our workhorse is a Woodmizer LT50 band mill. This is a 2012 upgrade from the LT15 that we had and used for 13 years.
In the summer of 2016 I purchased a Lucas Dedicated Wide Slab Mill that will cut up to 5' wide slabs.
What started out as a simple hobby has gotten way out of control.
When you come to our place, be prepared to hear some “Woodlot Theology”. You see, I really love our wood and sometimes the dust gets to my head. So you might hear me comparing the cracks in the wood to the “defects” in human character, or comparing the worm holes to sin in our lives. My theory is that trying to hide either one never works so why try? People and wood are both more interesting when you can see the real thing. If you want clear, perfect boards, pick something other than mesquite. If you want perfect people, wait till you get to heaven.
We DO NOT PURCHASE LOGS
Everybody thinks that just because mesquite lumber is expensive and makes beautiful furniture that their tree is worth a fortune. It is expensive because of the extra labor involved in harvesting it and because of the super heavy duty equipment needed to process it.
We will, however, come get your trees if they are exceptionally large and close to Kingsville, AND if the majority of the branches have been removed. This saves you hardest part of the work of cutting and removing the trunk along with the expense of disposal.
It is just firewood until it gets in the hands of an artist with an excessive addiction to buying superduty machines.
A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT
LIVE OAK LOGS
What I am NOT willing to do with Live Oak:
1). No, I do not recommend sawing Live Oak unless you are making thick slab furniture.
2). I will NOT saw live oak that has been down or dead longer than 1 year. (I just gets too hard as it dries out.)
3). The giant trunks are not worth the time, expense or wear and tear on my equipment. Please, don't ask me to saw them.
What I am willing to do with Live Oak:
1). I will saw logs up to 25" diameter but I will charge $300 / hour plus the cost of blades.
2). I recommend sawing 3" thick or more.
NOTE: The wood is so hard that you might still have wavy cuts even when out saw is running perfect.
Projects that you can do with Live Oak:
Thick slab furniture without intricate joints.
Flat bed trailer decking
EVENINGS AT THE MILL
We usually have a fire going, tell stories, shovel sawdust and maybe even saw a few logs! Just don't drool on our wood or our machines! Ok? Come see some of the most beautiful Mesquite anywhere in South Texas.
And, please, if you are coming during business hours, remember that 8-5 is for working. Please respect our need to make a living and don't come by just to visit for long periods of time during business hours.