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Forum topic by skcj213 posted 11-19-2015 03:17 AM 1035 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2015 03:17 AM

I thought you guys might appreciate this. I demolished the house next door this summer. The house was built in 1873 with a major renovation in the late 40’s. The original house was brick with poplar rafters and joists. The late 40’s section had all oak framing. The attached pic is from the broken end of a 2 1/2” x 6” floor joist. I just ran it through the table saw to clean in up.

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#1 posted 11-19-2015 04:07 AM

Nice skc, I love working with old timbers.Sometimes it’s very dry almost too dry but very stable.Hope you can get enough to make something nice like a table.Really show off the wood.And don’t you dare stain it.Unless you want tears to flow from the eyes of the wood gods.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 11-19-2015 05:29 AM

Nice looking wood!
I got all of the red oak trim from an Iowa farm house …. native Iowa red oak over 100 years old.

Where was your wood treasure located?

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#3 posted 11-19-2015 12:10 PM

I have opportunist don’t know how much I am going to be able to keep myself. I don’t really have anywhere to store it. I guess I could just pile it up and cover it. I still have to get most of the floor joists pulled out, some of those are 4” x 8” x 12’ long.

I am in Southern Illinois.

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#4 posted 11-19-2015 01:40 PM

I stopped at a local house being torn down one day. It was built in the 1840s and timberframed like a barn. All the beams were cut up into small pieces and being burned in a bonfire out behind it. I cried….I did get a couple of very early doors, though.

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