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Saving money by urban logging #3: 3300 boardfeet of reclaimed douglas fir!

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This isn’t technically urban logging, but it is dealing with reclaimed timbers.

I just got off the phone with someone who is gutting a building in downtown Chicago. They are GIVING away the 100 year old joists for free! I offered to take the 60-2 1/2”x12”x22’ floor joists off their hands. There is another 120-1 1/2”x12”x24’ joists that are available if I want them also. The 60 2 1/2” joists are 3300 board feet alone. I forsee a bunch of home improvement projects, and furniture being built in my near future. They will be available in a few weeks for me to come and get them.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL



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degoose

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#1 posted 1876 days ago

I love Oregon pine,, so nice to work with, and the grains are so distinct. Being so old the colour should be spectacular to.. go score.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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darryl

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#2 posted 1876 days ago

wow… if you have the storage for the other 120, are you going to take them?

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moshel

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#3 posted 1876 days ago

I also love Oregon pine. although people tend to underestimate it because its hard to finish, i got some really nice things out of it. I even use it for serving boards, as getting maple is very dear here and it gives very nice contrast to the darker woods i use. I found that finishing it with oil finish (even just BLO, but tung oil is much nicer) is really easy and you can get mirror smooth surface with wet sanding with the oild. gets really nice shine and depth out of the rings.

Just got myself 120 lm of oregon, so I’ll probably do heaps of stuff from it!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Julian

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#4 posted 1876 days ago

I’m going to take what I can fit on my buddies backhoe trailer, and in my e350 ford van, which should be almost all of the available floor joists and roof rafters.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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goodmoldings

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#5 posted 1875 days ago

Wow…what a find. I need to find an offer like that…just a little closer to the panhandle of FL.

www.goodmoldings.com

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medicnurse70

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#6 posted 1874 days ago

I got a 20×32 1900 carriage house timber frame for free in upstate NY….

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Karson

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#7 posted 1874 days ago

Nice find. Good luck in the collection and in the use of the wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mikeH

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#8 posted 1816 days ago

a very nice find. will be interesting to see what the wood looks like, and your projects. i wish i had a place to store more wood.

-- mjhaines

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 1816 days ago

nice find. someone here in Boston is taking out a cape, and offered all the timber for free a couple of weeks ago.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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dannymac

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#10 posted 1611 days ago

Every demo job i take on 90% of the lumber ends up bak at my house

-- dannymac

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