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Offline fwurlitzer

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ID’ing exposed beams
« on: November 20, 2018, 10:40:54 PM »
Hi all, I was wondering if anyone here could give some insight as to what type of beams I have in my new home. It was built in 1840 and has exposed beams throughout.I live in Western NY. I believe it could be “wormy” chestnut based on

 

 

 

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Re: ID’ing exposed beams
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2018, 07:25:43 AM »
The timbers look to be chestnut, third pic definitely, the bark on the log beam is not what I'm used to seeing but it could be, I'm used to seeing some smoother plate areas on a log of that size but I wouldn't say no. If that's exposed old wiring I'm seeing you might want to have an electrician take a look around ;).

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Re: ID’ing exposed beams
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2018, 08:00:24 PM »
Looks like chestnut to me also, maybe get a piece and compare.  Sometimes red oak will take on the same color but close study will see the difference.

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Re: ID’ing exposed beams
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2018, 08:55:41 PM »
If it is chestnut versus oak, the medullary rays on the cross-section will not be visible to the naked eye, and the earlywood pores will have tyloses.
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Re: ID’ing exposed beams
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2018, 09:07:47 PM »
That's neat, I didn't realize it had tyloses, need to try throwing a piece on the scanner and zoom in. It looks like I'm seeing where these were in a plastered house before, the light stripes where plaster squeezed between wooden lath.
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Re: ID’ing exposed beams
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2018, 10:03:56 PM »
I think I would remove the bark of the upright timber, I bet it covers a multitude of sins (problems ie bugs!)
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