I am looking for 7"-8" diameter wooden posts that are smooth and with no
cracks (or few). As far as length they could be anywhere from 3-8 feet
long. Need them untreated. Most fence/corner posts are pretty rough and
split. Any sources appreciated.
I've got 4-5 solid round posts like this. Some are as thick as 10" and
15-18' long... From an old 1800's era stable..
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Well, I will be using them to make some martial arts dummies so they need to
be somewhat near a smooth configuration with little/no splitting. R/R ties
won't work. Don't want to use treated either. Thanks for the idea about
checking with log home builders.... telephone poles might work if aren't
treated..... if your phone service goes out you know what happened...LOL
Both RR ties and phone poles are treated with creosote, at least all
the ones I've seen. Creosote is poisonous, when the wood is burned or
reduced to airborne sawdust.
What about salvaged beams? I recall a company in Utah that had removed
an abandoned RR bridge and was selling the lumber, some of it 8x12
untreated cedar and or redwood. They have a web site, but I seem to
have lost the link. Oddly, woodfinder.com does not come up either. I
think that's the site through which I found these guys.
Sat, Jan 29, 2005, 7:30am (EST-2) email@example.com (buck)
Well, I will be using them to make some martial arts dummies so they
need to be somewhat near a smooth configuration with little/no
Loads of options, no prob.
One, use a live dummy, should be plenty of those around.
Two, get a chunk of tree trunk, usually plenty available anywhere
Three, glue together some 2X12s, then plane them round. Or, 2X4s,
whatever is availble.
Four, make a hollow one.
Five, a section of padded metal pipe.
Six, cut out a bunch of plywood circles and glue them in a stack.
Seven, use "your" imagination.
Some is good, more is better, too much is just enough.
Hey Jim.... I like the idea. Do you think you could do this without
planing, since I have no planer, and then shape when done. And if so, what
would your Dad use for glue? I am assuming it would take a lot of glue....
Did he clamp with pipe clamps or something? Thanks for your help! This
might be the way to go.
seems like for what you're using them for, laminates (glue lam) would
work fine, wouldn't they?
perhaps a local wood turning club would take up the challenge to glue
up some 4x4's and turn em???
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Neighbor of mine in Oregon had a connection at a local plywood mill. He
was always getting what he called "peeler cores", the remnant left after the
knives had peeled the Doug Fir logs down almost as far as they would go.
Usually 12 foot lengths, about 10 inch diameter. He used them for fence
posts. At least six i can see from the window here have been in the ground
25 years and are still in good shape.
Got a plywood mill near by? (G)
I'm not sure where you are located but here in NM, there are a number of
Vigas which are essentially pine trees with the bark etc...stripped off.
They're generally round,
not perfect obviously, but not too terribly expensive. Here's a link to
what I'm talking about:
If you're not near the SW, then you may be out of luck in terms of this
Yeah, I'm considering doing a timber framed out-building to house my shop.
I figured I'd buy the beams from these guys and do all
the joinery etc... myself. Just trying to a) justify the cost and b) come
up with the $$!
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