Quality Timbers for Timber Framing and Post and Beam Structures. Northeast US.
Founded in 1741 on the site occupied by our present sawmill operation, Cowls Lumber is a family business specializing in producing the finest quality post and beam timbers for the timber framing industry. We add value and profit to your project by offering grade stamped timbers, if required, or true dimensioned timbers exactly to your specs. Long lengths are a specialty. We cut mostly red oak and hemlock in lengths up to 32 feet and ship anywhere in the northeast US. We also mill a variety of shiplap and tongue in groove siding.
Our Specialties: Post and Beam Timbers, Barn Timbers, Shiplap Siding, Tongue in Groove Siding, Log Cabin Siding.
S A W M I L L
After the logs are brought into the mill and scaled, or measured, they are taken to the sawmill. The first step is the debarker. A set of spinning knives runs over the log and removes the bark. This step not only provides the landscaping companies a nice mulch, but it increases production in several ways. After the tree is cut down in the woods, the bark traps a lot of dirt, rocks, and other debris. Removing the bark keeps the main saw blade sharp much longer. Debarking also gives the sawyer a better view of the log, allowing him to make more accurate cutting decisions. The main saw cuts the log into boards and/or timbers, depending on the size and grade of the log. The boards are then trimmed down to width, graded, and stacked. Some of the lumber is sold "green" or still wet. The rest is either stacked for air drying or sent out to be kiln dried.
PL A N E R
Our Newman M-68 Planer is used to surface dry, rough, lumber into any of dozens of patterns, from Tongue and V-Groove, to Shiplap, to Edge and Center Bead. We manufacture many hard to find patterns like Log Cabin Siding and Wide Pine Tongue and Groove Flooring. The majority of the lumber that goes through the planer is S4S, or surfaced four sides.
T I M B E R S I Z E R
Our newest acquisition is a rebuilt Stetson-Ross timber sizer. This planer was designed to surface large timbers for Post and Beam construction. It can plane all four sides of a 16" x 24" x unlimited length timber in one pass. It was manufactured in the 1920's and rebuilt for our use in 1999. We have always been able to provide rough sawn Post and Beam timbers, and now we can plane these timbers for a finished appearance.
Cowls Building Supplies
125 Sunderland Rd
N Amherst, MA 01004
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