Replacing 1858 thresh-hold in Historic House

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Project by DaleMaley posted 07-09-2018 02:49 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a member of local historical society for Livingston County, Illinois. We manage and give tours of 3 local historic houses.

In one of the houses built in 1858, the upstairs thresh-hold was damaged so badly, that I recommended we replace it with a new piece …........with the same dimensions as the old one.

I carefully removed the old thresh-hold, which had 3 old square or rectangular nails holding it down….......and took it home to my workshop 15 miles away… use as a template to make the new one.

When I traced the old piece, it had so many pieces missing…........I had to go back to the house and take more measurements.

For Central Illinois, an 1858 house is about as old as you get. The first white settlers did not arrive in our area until 1828, and they typically built log cabins, not framed houses.

As best as I could tell, the old piece was not oak….....maybe it was pine… I bought a piece of clear pine to make the new one from.

The lady that manages the house was very happy with my repair :)

This project was harder than I thought. You can read about my Trials & Tribulations on my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 04:14 PM

Great job.

All restro work turns out to be more difficult than anticipated. Especially by the people who want it done and do not have a clue of the scope of the project. They all seem to think a 3 hour job is only 10 minutes!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 07-09-2018 04:26 PM

nice work dale id say thats good for the next 150 years.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 07-09-2018 09:32 PM


Excellent repair & the last picture of the house-wow is it beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 07-10-2018 12:23 AM

Nice restoration, congratulations. “As best as I could tell, the old piece was not oak……..maybe it was pine”? In the 1800’s the thresh-hold may have been American Chestnut which was a often used hardwood?

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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