Red IronBark Adventures #3: Red ironbark I assume?

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-26-2017 09:31 PM 1917 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw these posts sitting next to a skip bin this week.

As I have been working I didnt have the opportunity to enquire about their disposition, and each day as I drove by I wondered about them some more.

So I rang the number on the house raising sign on Friday arvo and they gave me to OK to remove them.

The are all about 150mm x 150mm and range from 1.6m to 1.8m or 6” x 6” and were used to stump the existing house, from what I saw they had cut them out and replaced them with metal posts and the house remained at the same height.

Why somebody would do that was beyond me as apart from some ground rot the were all looking OK.

Anyway ,I had to get a friend to help me load them and my wife and I hauled them off and inside the yard.

On the weekend I managed to move the smallest one by myself and so set to work removing all the nails and screws.

I then wrestled it into my thicknesser and removed the paint to see what was below the surface.

From the looks it appears to be Red Ironbark what do you think?

From some research I did the characteristics certainly point towards that specis, namely appearance, weight and their previous role.

I am not sure what I can do with them as they are way too heavy for me to be able to handle at my age!!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-26-2017 10:08 PM

I concur Robert, it sure looks like Red Iron Bark … but could be a similar species…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 08-26-2017 10:17 PM

That looks like some beautiful wood, Rob you could cut it into smaller, more manageable pieces. Any number of gorgeous things you can make with that.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-26-2017 10:21 PM

Rob in four words … “Buggered if I know.” I can’t resist that stuff either. My uses of the old stuff is mainly for carpentry around the place. For furniture, I go to the salvage yards a look for 150×75 hardwood bearers. They come in 5m-6m lengths, no paint and nails only where a floor joist has been and of course very well seasoned.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 03:45 AM

Whatever it is, I LOOK GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 10:49 AM

G’Day Rob, I’m so pleased you rescued such beautiful timber and will recycle it….
I detest that folk these days just though such things out…well done sir!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 08-29-2017 05:43 AM

Rob, it looks like a good find to me. and I am sure you will find a good project for them. I see a small gazebo in your future.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 10-10-2018 04:15 PM

Great find Rob. You couldn’t find anything like that here in Norway!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-20-2020 09:15 PM

Great save Rob.
Gorgeous timber.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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