My Dad asked me to make a table for his office where he could work on some computers. His office is in a building that was built in 1880, so it’s got some really cool beams and exposed brick walls. We had torn a building down that was built at the same time and I kept some of the timbers, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use some of them for this project. Here’s the beam (it’s 12’ long, 12” wide, and about 3” thick):
At some point it had been in a fire
The holes are from joinery used to tie this beam to others.
Most of the timbers used in the buildings are long grain douglas fir. I thought that’s what I had grabbed, but after cleaning it up a little bit with a belt sander and hand plane, I realized that it’s actually red oak. Here’s the beam, cut in half and planed:
It’s a beautiful board. More to come soon. Thanks for looking
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