|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 05-20-2011 03:29 AM||2142 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
05-20-2011 03:29 AM
So a fellow LJ, Todd Clare and I hauled away some salvaged beams from one of the older buildings in downtown Denver (LoDo, actually) that is being completely renovated right now. We think the wood is Douglas Fir, or something similar, but we’re not sure? The Saddlery Building itself used to be a warehouse and was built back in 1909, so the wood we are reclaiming has been down for over 100-years now.
The beams range in length and overall thickness. We tried to select the beams that were in better shape, as far as skipping over the ones that had severe splits in them. There was only one that I really wanted to get that we were unable to grab. It was about 9-feet long and 14-inches by 14-inches. Just too heavy for the two of us to pick up.
Here’s a picture of me with the Jeep loaded-up. The beam we were trying to get is at the bottom right corner of the pile in front of me, next to the tractor scoop.
Here’s a closer shot of me with the Jeep loaded. This was the last job the Jeep ever did as my wife and I sold it back to the insurance company the day after we hauled these timbers. The insurance company totaled it out because it had been hit twice in a 36-hour period some months back.
Here’s Todd with our haul. We debated grabbing the beam on the upper left side of the pile with the beam hangers, but weren’t sure what we’d do with it, so we ended up leaving it.
Here’s a second, smaller load I made later, in our replacement vehicle, a used Ford Escape.
Some of the beams have nails and screws in them, while others appear to be free of metal.
We are trying to figure out what to do with all of it. I would personally like to keep the old timber/beam/rustic look for some of it, to show the character. With that being said, I realize a lot of it will probably end up being milled down.
What would you do with these various timbers? Todd and I are going to split the wood between us. I’m open to your suggestions on what to do with both the smaller pieces, as well as the longer, larger pieces.
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."