Reclaimed Wood Beams

Reclaimed timber is air dried over a period of many years. As a result, it’s extremely stable, reducing the tendency to shrink, twist, and pull apart so common in applications which have used unseasoned lumber. Our reclaimed wood beams are available in unique large sizes and lengths which are often difficult to obtain through traditional green lumber suppliers. We provide dry, stable, high grade, reclaimed timbers which are available in heart center and to a more limited extent, free of heart center configurations. For structural applications, we can provide an independent grade certification on our Douglas fir timbers to satisfy your building department requirements.

Following are the reclaimed Douglas fir, Redwood and hardwood barn beams we offer arranged by species and by the individual appearance alternatives available for each species. As a generalization, we supply recycled timbers in the original condition with an antique patina and/or paint which can be used As Is or sanded/distressed/sandblasted by your contractor on the jobsite. Alternatively, our mill can provide you with a hand hewn, sawn, sanded, wire brushed, or surfaced appearance to meet your style expectations. Most of the recycled beams described below can be top cut to provide a straight, level top side which will facilitate your installation. Reclaimed timbers are also available in box beam form which provides an alternative to solid beams. While the Douglas fir and Redwood reclaimed beams can be graded for use structurally, the reclaimed hardwood barn beams cannot and are limited to non-structural applications.

Once you have decided on the species, appearance and sizes of your beams you can either call the office with your requirements or click of the REQUEST MORE INFO icon adjacent to the species and appearance you prefer. We will do our best to return the quote the same business day.

RECLAIMED DOUGLAS FIR TIMBERS

As Is Douglas Fir Beams

As Is Douglas Fir Beams are available in the condition they were received by us with visible metal removed and end damage trimmed. These beams have a variety of appearances ranging from unpainted rough-sawn to surfaced and painted. Depending on the building they came from, the surface will have some degree of character marks which result from the nails and bolts we remove and seasoning checks resulting from air drying. These can be distressed or sandblasted on site to clean them up. You can also place an order to have us sand, grind, distress or mill them to whatever fits your application. The beams are priced per board foot and sold in whatever length they are available in the yard. Structural grading and free of heart selection is also available. We typically inventory over 700,000 board feet in a range of sizes and lengths up to 60′!

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Hand Hewn Douglas Fir Beams

Using the same hand tools as our forefathers, we can apply a hand hewn surface on our reclaimed Douglas Fir Beams. This is a great option for rustic applications where “As Is” beams are not available in the requested sizes or appearance. Because this process removes any patina or paint, it reveals raw wood that is typically stained after installation. After hand hewing the material, we pass it through our sander to remove loose splinters and give the material a polished feel that is ready for waxing.  We sell a colored wax that is typically applied on interior beams to enhance the color and texture of this material. Because the wax is a soft finish and easily scratched, it is better to apply it after the beams are installed. For this reason our beams are  provided unfinished.  Structural grading is available. We can also hand hew new lumber for you for a nominal fee per board foot.

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Sanded Douglas Fir Beams

This product is produced from the As Is material described above. We typically start with beams having a brown patina with the original saw lines and character marks. The material is passed through a special sander which gently removes dirt and splinters on the surface while leaving the original texture and patina. We typically also cut the top sides flat for installations against walls or ceilings.

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Resawn Douglas Fir Beams

A fresh resawn appearance is created by putting the timber on our horizontal band saw and removing the original face on all four sides. This produces a perfectly straight beam in whatever exact dimension you order. The appearance of the final product will be similar to that of resawn new lumber with the main difference being its superior stability and dense growth ring structure. Once sawn to this new dimension, the beams will remain perfectly straight and will not twist or shrink like new lumber. Depending on the individual timber used, it will usually retain some degree of character marks and checking on the surface. Material slated to be hand hewn or surfaced can be saw sized straight first to facilitate installation. Bolt holes can be plugged prior to sawing to minimize the character marks. This appearance can also be wire brushed. Structural grading and free of heart beams are an option.

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Ground Douglas Fir Beams

A ground finish can be created using a special sander with a variety of sanding discs. We grind and sand the surface removing more of the texture than our “Sanded Douglas Fir” option. This option is often preferred when a variety of beams from different lots are used to blend them together as best as possible. The corners of the beams are eased and any scarring on the beam’s sides are blended in.

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Surfaced Douglas Fir Beams

After resawing the original faces off our Douglas Fir beams, we belt sand the beam’s surface smooth to remove the bandsaw texture. This method is preferred over planer surfacing to keep any knots intact. The corners can be left square or hand-eased. Wire brushing is also available.

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RECLAIMED BARN WOOD BEAMS

HAND HEWN BARN BEAMS

Hand Hewn Barn Beams are salvaged from barns on the East coast dating back to the 1800’s. The material is a mix of hardwoods which the builder would have harvested from the original forest on or adjacent to the building site. The beams are usually square, hand hewn on four sides and contain the original mortise and tenon holes and pegs. Being squared up by hand, each side of each beam and each individual beam is unique in texture. The beams will have an existing gray or brown patina which can be lightly sanded to reveal a rich brown patina while also keeping the original texture. These beams are supplied “As Is” for the customer clean up before install or sanded and top cut by us. The mortise pockets can be filled for an additional charge if requested. Sizes range from approximately 5×5 to 12×12 with occasional larger sizes available. We typically stock over 200,000 board feet of this product in lengths up to 50′.

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SAWN BARN BEAMS

Sawn Barn beams were originally created by being milled using a circular saw mill. These beams will be a mix of hardwoods and contain the original mortise and tenon holes and pegs. These beams usually have a gray or brown surface which can be lightly sanded to result in a mellow brown patina while retaining the circular saw marks. Mortise pockets can be filled for an extra charge if requested. We typically inventory around 20,000 board feet of this material.

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LIVE EDGE BARN BEAMS

Hand Hewn Live Edge Barn Beams are salvaged from barns on the East coast dating back to the 1800’s. The material is a mix of hardwoods which the builder would have harvested from the original forest on or adjacent to the building site. Originally used as sleepers or wall logs in the barns, these beams were flattened to a certain thickness by hand while the remaining two sides were left with the original live edges untouched. One live edge is usually cut off to be more consistent in width and installed up to the ceiling or wall. Being squared up by hand, each side of each beam and each individual beam is unique in texture. The beams will have an existing gray or brown patina which can be lightly sanded to reveal a rich brown patina while keeping the original texture. These beams are supplied “As Is” for the customer clean up before install or sanded and top cut by us. We typically stock over 20,000 board feet of this product in lengths up to 50′.

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RECLAIMED REDWOOD TIMBERS

As Is Redwood Beams

As Is Redwood Beams are available in the condition they were received by us with visible metal removed and end damage trimmed. These beams have a variety of appearances ranging from unpainted rough-sawn to surfaced and painted. Depending on the building they came from, the surface will have some degree of character marks which result from the nails and bolts we remove and seasoning checks resulting from air drying. These can be sanded,distressed, or sandblasted on site to clean them up. You can also place an order to have us sand, grind, distress or mill them to whatever fits your application. The beams are priced per board foot and sold in whatever dimensions and lengths they are available in the yard. Free of heart selection is also available. We typically inventory over 60,000 board feet in a range of sizes and lengths up to 24′.

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Resawn Redwood Beams

A fresh resawn appearance is created by putting the timber on our horizontal bandsaw and removing the original face on all four sides. This produces a perfectly straight beam in whatever exact dimension you order. The appearance of the final product will be similar to that of resawn new lumber with the main difference being its superior stability and dense growth ring structure. Once sawn to this new dimension, the beams will remain perfectly straight and will not twist or shrink like new lumber. Depending on the individual timber used, it will usually retain some degree of character marks and checking on the surface. Material slated to be hand hewn or surfaced can be saw sized straight first to facilitate installation. Bolt holes can be plugged prior to sawing to minimize the character marks. This appearance can also be wire brushed. Free of heart beams are an option.

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Sanded Redwood Beams

This product is produced from the As Is material described above. The material is passed through a special sander which gently removes dirt and splinters on the surface while leaving the original texture and patina. We typically also cut the top sides flat for installations against walls or ceilings.

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Hand Hewn Redwood Beams

Using the same hand tools as our forefathers, we can apply a hand hewn surface on our reclaimed Redwood beams. This is a great option for rustic applications where “As Is” beams are not available in the requested sizes or appearance. Because this process removes any patina or paint, it reveals raw wood that is typically stained after installation. After hand hewing the material, we pass it through our sander to remove loose splinters and give the material a polished feel that is ready for waxing. The beams are provided unfinished. We sell a colored wax that is typically applied to enhance the color and texture of this material. We can also hand hew new lumber for you for a nominal fee per board foot.

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Surfaced Redwood Beams

After resawing the original faces off our Redwood beams, we belt sand the beam’s surface smooth to remove the bandsaw texture. This method is preferred over planer surfacing to keep any knots intact. The corners can be left square or hand-eased. Wire brushing is also available.

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