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#1 posted 10-01-2021 07:11 PM

Here’s a couple more pics of the beams in question. The grain looks similar to me, but I have little experience with this. The big square one is in the middle. All of them split, one really bent. I’ll probably keep the big one and do something with it, whatever it turns out to be. But this has been such a mixed bag, it so hard to say. It was an 1880’s barn in north central Kentucky, closer to Cincinnati than Lexington. It seems they used whatever was close at hand. Just hard for me to imagine what was there so long ago.

Oak identification has definitely tripped me up. So many different types, I guess, the rays prominent or barely visible. But the rays on those tenons look more like cracks when I look real close, but again, I have no expertise here.

I know I missed the boat on the barn wood craze, which is fine. But the building this stuff is in is being replaced, and I have to prioritize. And I’m in my late 50’s. Two sons in their twenties are still close and available, but that could change any day, so these beams have to be dealt with soon.

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