Lakes Lumber Company, Inc. began
in 1990. We are a small, family-owned business that tries very
hard to give you a very nice, high quality, custom made, solid-wood
product at an affordable price.
we are small, we have all the equipment necessary to take a tree
and turn it into a finished product such as lumber, flooring, or
tongue and grooved paneling.
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wood is bought from local loggers. It is cut into boards, with our
sawmill. Then, the wood is stickered and air dried for several weeks
(stickering is the process of putting "sticks" in between
the boards every 16 inches to allow air to flow through the piles).
After the wood is air dried to a certain moisture content we move
the stacks into our small, 4000 board foot dehumidification kiln
and we bring the moisture down to the recommended 8% . This is the
moisture content that is the best for interior use and will keep
your finished product from twisting and cupping. We are members of
the Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association which is run by the Universities
of Minnesota and Wisconsin (through this association, we continue
to learn new processes and stay abreast of current standards). The
rest of our wood, is purchased from the largest, quality lumber mills.
This lumber arrives already kiln dried to an 8% moisture content.
We buy in large quantities to get the best pricing and are then able
to pass this savings on to our customers.
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dried lumber is ripped to the correct width on our "gang" rip
saw. This 50 horsepower saw can hold up to 12 saw blades at one time,
so we can cut multiple widths of boards from a single piece of lumber
at one time.
we have ripped enough lumber for the project we are working on, the
next step is running the boards through our moulder. This is the
'workhorse' main machine of our business and it transforms the lumber
into products. With it we make cabinet parts, crown mouldings, cove
mouldings, base and casing for houses in addition to beautiful flooring
and paneling. Our five- head Weinig moulder is a German made, high
tolerance machine, weighing 12,000 pounds. The machine has a 20 hp
motor powering each head. Our products have a very tight tolerance,
because the tooling we use is primarily, precisely ground, carbide
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Often when people purchase tongue and grooved paneling for a vaulted
ceiling or walls and don't want to sand it themselves. We offer this
'time saver' service we have a two headed "Timesaver" sander.
This machine allows us to use two different grits of sandpaper at
once and sand it twice in one pass. On the paneling or even some
flooring we can put an 80 grit on the first head and a 120 grit on
the second head for a smooth finish. This eliminates the need for
you would like a finish put on your product, so when you nail it
up, it is done, we can do that also. We have a flat line spray
finisher that does an excellent job on finishing products like
the paneling. It has three multiple spray heads so we can control
the amount of flow and angles of all heads. Usually we put on one
coat of a clear vinyl sealer called "Magnalac," rack
dry it, and finish it with one coat of "Magnalac Clear Satin
Lacquer" This lacquer is a pre-catalyzed product and dries
to a very hard, cabinet-quality finish. Then the order is packaged
up and is ready for pick up.
a small business, we get real joy out of seeing customers get the
solid-wood, paneling and floors they dreamed about at an affordable
price. Since we began in 1990, we have many happy customers. Most
of our business comes from repeat customers and customer referrals.
We will be happy to answer any questions you might have and you
are always welcome to see our shop and showroom of products. Since
this is a "working shop" with a very, small staff, please
call first to set up an appointment.
customers have a true appreciation for the beauty of natural wood
and are proud of their installed products. Often, they call to
tell us stories of how amazed visitors are at the beautiful end
product and each floor, wall and ceiling is unique! These are the
people that said that they were looking for something different,
when they called and they got it!
is fun working and sharing the stories of people building, 'adding
on to' or remodeling their homes and cabins. They are people who
take pride in their projects and a job well done! We would love
the opportunity to work with you also.