Reclaiming Old Oak Beams

Reclaiming old oak beams

One of the first principles of wood conservation is to make sure that you reuse good quality wood as often as possible. When it comes to antique or old oak beams, this is an easy task, since the wood is usually very hardy and well preserved.

Oak carpentry experts are well versed in reclaiming oak beams from barns or condemned properties and re-sawing them for use in other buildings, such as private homes. In the short video linked to above, we see a American carpenter walking the viewer through the process of preparing and reshaping reclaimed oak beams – in this case white oak beams from a barn – ready for installation in a house’s ceiling.