ERATH  VENEER  CORPORATION of  Virginia
A Trip Through the Veneer Mill  by Dave Bilger
I've had a lot of requests for this section, so the last time I was at the plant, I decided to shoot some photos.
Michael (the President) let me wander around  & this is what I came up with. 
I met plenty of really friendly people & watched as they performed their duties....
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1) The Saw Mill. This is where I started. It is up the hill - attached above the plant. Of course this is a very critical part of the operation as it is where the logs are processed.
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2) The Log Yard. This is adjacent to the Saw Mill and contains the high quality veneer logs. They are kept fresh and wet with a sprinkler system until they are ready to be cut.
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3) The logs are loaded into the De-barker where the bark is removed & then they travel up the conveyor chain into the Saw Mill.
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4) Up in the mill, these freshly de-barked logs are staged awaiting their first cut on the saw. 
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5) They are loaded up in the band mill - ready! 
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6) This is the large band saw ready for action.. 
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7) The first cut is taken to true up the log, as the sawyer determines the very best place to cut the log in half. A laser beam helps as the sawyer rotates the log...
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8) The critical cut is made and will determine the quality and yield of the produced material. This is a very critical step & the Sawyer has been with the company for many years...
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9) The half log is just ready to fall, as the saw is ending it's cut. This is a high grade cherry which will end up as beautiful architectural veneer.
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