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#1 posted 10-09-2021 11:11 PM

Didn’t get the wood cut. i called the guy to set up a time, and he started talking about not wanting to see any nail holes, which was not what he told me the first time I talked to him. My understanding is that nails were commonly used in late 19th century barns. Oh well….

Pressure washed the the timbers I was having trouble identifying. Turns out they are two different kinds of wood. The grain looks different, and it’s a different color. I had cut the broken, rotted end off one of them, but there was enough solid wood that I was able to cut it with a sawzall, then my table saw to take a look. Very hard, heavy, not easy to work with. So I don’t think likely to be chestnut. Dark color also. Yeah, maybe red elm. I’ll probably never know. I put a little oil finish on one piece just to bring out the grain. In the pictures of the timbers, the heavier stuff has just been pressure washed.

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