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02-20-2012 12:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed lumber beams wood identification question help

These were the floor joist of an old church, and are about 120 years old. I’ve pulled a bunch of old square nails out of them. The beams started out at about 3-1/8 inches thick by 13-1/2 inches wide by about 21 or22 feet long. I’m not sure what they are, but I have a few projects in mind. These pictures are after going through the planer.

Oh, by the way, I paid $350 for three of these beams. My math comes out to about $117 per beam, which comes out to about $1.75 per board foot. Good price for what I got? (please correct any math mistakes if you find them).

Thanks for any help or ideas.


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snewOevaD

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 12:13 AM

Sorry, I forgot to give pics… Ugh, one of those days.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 02:31 AM

hard to say but depending on the weight of them i would say southern yellow pine. You probably find some very nice tight grain in the middle.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 03:09 PM

Looks like a lot of the barnboard I have.. a very nice sheen when planed.. I was told yellow pine as well (not sure if sourthern or eastern)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 03:54 PM

That sure looks like Alder to me… at least in pics 1 and 2.
Pic 3 is showing a grain pattern that looks more like a Fir or Ponderosa.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 05:40 PM

It looks like southern yellow pine. If that’s what it is, you got a very good deal.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 02:42 AM

It is not southern yellow pine. The grain is too subdued. Given the resinous knots, it is likely spruce or fir.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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