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Cory

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1978 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question douglass fir oak pine milling veneering

We tore down a building built in the early 1880’s a few months ago and I managed to save quite a bit of the trusses and columns that were in the building. I’ve got the timbers stored in a warehouse and they’re just taking up space. Some of them are pretty splintered up, but most are in good shape. I would say that the average size of the beams is 14” x 14” and some are as long as 30’. I believe most of them are long-grain douglass fir with some oak and pine thrown in.

My question is what the heck to do with all of them? I thought about selling them, but I haven’t had much luck finding someone to take them. I also thought about taking them to a local mill to have them cut down, but I have no idea what to tell them I want. They’re too beautiful to throw away so that’s not an option.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Here’s a few pictures of the beams:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3450/3379536833_a82118b882.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3296/3379538081_efacf1c8c5.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3429/3379536163_338816e967.jpg?v=0

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#1 posted 1978 days ago

Hmm. A mill probably won’t touch them. Too big of a chance for nails in them. Probably get a chainsaw mill and cut them yourself. Use a metal detector..first :)
Being the pack rat I am I’d never get rid of them.

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HokieMojo

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#2 posted 1978 days ago

i’m just wondering, if you say the beams are 14×14, the nails should only go so deep right? After that, you’d have all clear material inside. Not sure what to suggest, but I’m glad you were able to save them.

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drewlane

27 posts in 1978 days


#3 posted 1978 days ago

I would definitely get a metal detector and make sure each piece is clean.

Do you know anyone/find anyone that has a wood mizer? I would think the ones that you cannot resaw yourself with a band saw, a wood mizer would definitely take care of the big ones.

Have you tried craigslist to sell them?

I bet there is some good material in there!

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miles125

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#4 posted 1978 days ago

Theres always the option of resawing it with a chainsaw. Good way to find nails too :)

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Padre

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#5 posted 1978 days ago

metal detector followed by a chain saw.

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Cory

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#6 posted 1978 days ago

Most of the lumber was in the truss structure of the building. That was held together with mortise and tenon joinery and some bolts. There were also quite a few rod and turnbuckles, but very few (if any) nails. That’s not to say that there won’t be some. I’ll definitely run a metal detector over them before I cut anything.

What do you guys think would be a manageable size for the chain saw cuts?

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#7 posted 1978 days ago

How about advertising them for sale in a local paper or shopper?

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#8 posted 1978 days ago

Where are you located?

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Cory

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#9 posted 1977 days ago

I’m in the Louisville, KY area.

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