Volner Sawmill in Parsons, Tennessee, produces hardwood lumber using oak and poplar. We also make cross ties, switch ties, bridge timbers, and board road and timber mats.
Most lumber is manufactured into 4/4, 5/4, and 6/4 thickness with the occasional 8/4 order. Our primary lumber species are red oak, white oak, and yellow poplar. Our widths are random with the lengths ranging from 8’ to 16’.
Most of the oak lumber ends up in flooring, cabinets, or furniture on both the domestic and export market. Our low grade poplar lumber ends up in upholstered furniture while the high grades end up in moldings and door casings. We do occasionally saw mixed hardwood species and this lumber almost always ends up in pallet stock or upholstered furniture.
Our standard rail road tie is 7”x9”x8’. These ties are shipped all over North America for use in the rail industry. These primarily are sawn from oaks, hickory, ash, beech, maple, and gum.
These are typically 7”x9” and range in length from 10’-20’. These ties are used in switch yards mainly where the trains are switched from one track to another. These are sawn from gum and oak with gum being the preferred species.
These are typically used in rail application for creek or road crossing. These are typically just a much thicker rail road tie. Much of what we saw are 10”-12” in thickness and lengths range from 8’- 16’.
Board Road and Timber Mats
This is typically a 6/4-8/4 thick board that is used in the oil fields of North America. Tree species and lengths vary but the most commonly desired species for this application are oak and gum.
Board road and timber mats are placed on the ground across wet areas or any area which little soil disturbance is desired. The boards are simply to drive on with trucks or heavy machinery thus minimizing soil disturbance.
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