Frequently Asked Questions
We offer a large selection of live edge wood slabs and lumber as well as custom milling. Please see the below FAQ for any questions or call Mike at (416) 618-0081
Can I leave a deposit on a wood slab?
Yes we do take deposits for slabs as we understand that sometimes the wood cannot be picked up that day. A deposit allows the buyer to return and claim the slab within a 2 week period at which point the remainder of the sale price is due. If the client does not return within 2 weeks the deposit is forfeit and the slabs are put back on sale. Deposits are non-transferable between slabs.
Do you offer refunds or returns?
We do not provide refunds or allow returns as we do not have control over what happens to the slabs after they leave our yard. Incorrectly stored wood, even kiln dried, can warp, twist or cup. To ensure you are satisfied with your purchase please take great care in selecting your wood slab.
How much do you charge per slab?
At the Old Schoolhouse Mill we charge by slab and not Board Foot. We do this as not all wood slabs are created equal. The price of a slab is highly influenced by how wide it is (the wider the slab the older the tree) and the color and grain pattern. To see a small sample of the slabs we have in stock and prices, head over to our live edge wood slabs page.
Here are some slab starting prices:
- Sugar Maple slabs: starting at $150
- Hickory slabs: Starting at $100
- Black Walnut slabs: Starting at $250
- Black Locust slabs: Starting at $200
- Various skins: Starting at $50
- Various rounds: Starting at $40
What are the predominant factors in how much a wood slab costs?
There are three main factors in determining the cost of a slab.
- The wood species: Species such as black walnut and black cherry will be priced higher than maple and ash due to higher demand.
- The width of the slab: The wider the slab, the more expensive it will be as the age of the tree influences rarity.
- The grain pattern, color and shape of the slab.
Why are your prices more competitive than what I'm seeing Downtown Toronto?
Our prices are, on average, 30-40% less expensive than our Toronto competitors. We achieve this because we do not have any overhead costs and do our milling and drying on site. We are able to keep our costs down and are happy to pass these savings onto our customers.
Why is your selection so much better than what I'm seeing Downtown Toronto?
Our selection is far greater than what you will find downtown Toronto because we have a large number of suppliers of premium timber from all over southern Ontario. This allows us to stock slabs from fruit trees such as Apple and Pear, desirable hardwood like Black Cherry, Black Walnut, English Walnut, Locust etc. Our downtown competitors obtain contracts with the City of Toronto and get their wood from trees which are removed from city property. These trees are primarily Ash, Maple and Poplar.
If you want more selection at a better price, come visit us and check out our wide selection of Live Edge Wood Slabs today!
Why is wood moisture content important?
Moisture content in wood is important as wood will shift when it is drying. Here at the Old Schoolhouse Mill, we make sure we only sell wood with moisture content of 8% and below. By kiln drying our wood we make sure that we provide our clients with a premium product that will not warp, cup or crack after finishing.
Do you deliver the live edge slabs?
Yes! We do free delivery for orders in excess of $1000 within the Greater Toronto Area. For orders under $1000 we have a standard delivery fee of $100. Delivery outside the GTA will cost extra depending on location.
How much do you charge to mill my logs?
We custom mill for clients at $150 dollars an hour plus the cost of blades. We charge a 2 hour minimum. Please contact Mike at 416 618 0081 for your custom milling inquiries.
Do you offer log pick up?
We can pick up your logs and transport them to our mill at a rate of $100 an hour. Billing starts from when we leave our yard.
I have a large tree, how much will you pay me for it?
We may be interested in your cut down trees. If you have an old growth tree that is already cut down please contact us. We also remove old growth trees that are not close to property.
Do you only sell the lumber or also build the furniture?
We do both. We have a Mill, wood kiln and a fully functional wood shop all onsite. Whether it's high quality live edge lumber that you're after, or a beautiful complete live edge dining room table, we are here to help. We provide our clients with lumber, woodworking guidance as well as complete furniture pieces. Pick out a beautiful slab and start your next project today or have us turn the lumber is an heirloom piece of furniture for you.