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Forum topic by tsmccull posted 10-26-2011 03:31 AM 1057 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2011 03:31 AM

Two previously used reclaimed oak beams, both 12” x 12” x 60” long from an old building? Slice them in half lengthwise to create four 6” x 12” x 5 foot long oak mantels? Something else?

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 03:58 AM

I would get someone to help me lift them first. They sound very heavy, a picture may help me visualize better what type of project to use them in.

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 04:06 AM

I would keep them intact until I knew what I was going to use the wood for, and mill it into appropriate sized boards then.

-- PaulMayer,

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 04:10 AM

gotta go with pmayer here…...figure out what you’d like to build, then get a buddy to help you resaw to the appropriate size…..make sure you set the drift angle right ;)

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 04:13 AM

I don’t have them yet. A friend has offered them to me. They’ve apparently been air drying for many years and since air dried oak is somewhere around 45 lbs per cubic foot, they weigh just a bit less than 250 lbs each. I was trying to think of something to do with them before I try to move about 500 lbs of wood.

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#5 posted 10-26-2011 05:14 AM

absolutely hang on to them somewhere even if you have to sneak them under your bed sometime when your wife isn’t home

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 10-26-2011 05:29 AM

I would have to find out if my bandsaw could slab them into 2” thick slabs, and then I would make a
work bench out of one before my beautiful lady saw them, and then the second would become a new
dining room table, but that is just me.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 10-26-2011 01:59 PM

Have them sawn by a portable sawmill. That way, you will get the best yield and highest quality.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#8 posted 10-26-2011 04:44 PM

12×12x60 oak beams are known to be hazardous to your well being. Therefore I will volunteer to take them off your hands free of charge.
Find a sawyer and cut them into 5/4 and make a nice table.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 10-26-2011 05:00 PM

Spend some quality time in Sketchup coming up with a design for a china cabinet / hutch, and take that stuff to a sawyer and get it milled appropriately…

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