We offer a wide selection of reclaimed Douglas fir beams typically sourced from industrial buildings around the Western United States dating as far back as the 1800’s. Typically warehousing over half a million board feet of reclaimed Douglas fir beams alone in a variety of sizes, means we can supply both large and small jobs in a wide range of appearances. From rustic to contemporary, we have material that can be custom tailored to meet your needs. Structural grading is available upon request.
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′!
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. Structural grading is available upon request.
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. Structural grading is available upon request.
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.
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.
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. Structural grading is available upon request.