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03-23-2009 10:48 PM

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:

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 10:59 PM

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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#2 posted 03-23-2009 11:07 PM

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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#3 posted 03-23-2009 11:15 PM

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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#4 posted 03-24-2009 12:27 AM

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

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#5 posted 03-24-2009 02:22 AM

metal detector followed by a chain saw.

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#6 posted 03-24-2009 03:01 AM

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 03-24-2009 05:58 PM

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

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#8 posted 03-24-2009 06:57 PM

Where are you located?

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#9 posted 03-24-2009 07:40 PM

I’m in the Louisville, KY area.

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