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Repurposing repurposed wood beams

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I'm renovating a cabin that was built in 1950. Everything was repurposed to build then. I saved the roof rafters in hopes to use them somewhere and I think I landed on door trim. I took them out in July and they sat outside until today when I brushed the snow off then and brought them inside. I'm still debating on if I want to take a hand planer to them to take off the old finish and splinters. If I do I'd have to stain and seal, if not I'd like to just use a hard sealant.

Few questions:
1. Should I be treating these somehow/way?
2. They were dry for maybe a hundred years, they have been in the elements for 6 months now. Roughly 2.5"x5". How long to dry?
3. Can anyone name the species of wood? I did plane one down a little.

Thank you

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My guess is Vg Douglas fir.
Good stuff it’s very stable after that much time.
How much were/are these things worth? I had 8 at about 14' before I decided to cut them down for door trim... I have a few smaller dimensions ones that look the same I plan to use for decor of some sort.
Too a woodworker like me they worth a lot. The wood is easy to work, very stable, and finishes out to a nice Carmel color.
Here’s a fir table I made from salvage wood from the 1920s
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