Over the years we have been been asked about the availability of shop fabricated Box Beams. We now have a mill that specializes in fabricating custom box beams out of Kiln Dried Eastern White Pine. Although we have always had a preference for solid timbers, these beautiful box beams serve a variety of needs:
- They are much lighter in weight than solid timbers and are thus much easier to install.
- They can conceal other ceiling components such as structural beams, wiring and plumbing.
- While we enjoy the appearance of surface checks in timbers not everyone shares this feeling. Box beams allow to simulate heavy timbers without having to deal with cosmetic checks.
Our box beams are constructed with lock miter corners which will not open and are available in sizes from 4″ x 4″ to 12″ x 14″ and in lengths up to 24′-0″. A variety of textures are available including smooth, skip sanded circular sawn, and hand hewn. See examples below.
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Our project in Alexandria, La. is finally complete and installed and we is finally complete and installed and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. These 40′-0″ long modified king post trusses were fabricated with Vacuum Kiln Dried #1 & Better FOHC Douglas Fir. They have a smooth finish and joinery is a mix of True Mortise and Peg connections and some concealed engineered steel knife plates. The trusses are above a Covered Entry and Outdoor Living Area connecting an existing residence with a new addition. Read the rest here »
Although we have been producing our E-letters for several years we wanted to provide a general overview of our products. If you have an interest in any specific product types or species, just let us know and we will forward additional information, images, samples, etc.
Just to re-cap our history, we started our business in 2005 with the launch of Texas Architectural Timbers. Creating this company was a result of my frustration as a designer in sourcing better quality and wider varieties of timbers for my residential projects. Apparently other architects and builders felt the same frustration for we have continued to grow and expand both our product offerings and geographical coverage culminating in the creation of our second company, Southern Panel & Decking, in the Summer of 2012.
Over the years our completed project list has grown from only high end residential projects to now include commercial and institutional projects such as lodges, botanical gardens, churches, wedding venues, assisted living complexes, retail centers, office buildings and academic campuses. Read the rest here »
These are some follow-up pictures of our screened porch installation on a new house near Fredericksburg, Texas. We supplied Kiln Dried Clear Mixed Grain Alaska Yellow Cedar for the screen frame assemblies which occur with a steel frame. These images show the results immediately after treatment with weathering salts…this gives a uniform patina to our very durable Alaska Yellow Cedar which is going to be left unfinished. Read the rest here »
Obviously we are big fans of timber trusses and timber frames as architectural elements and appreciate the impact they can have on our customers’ projects. With a background in Custom Residential Architecture we can also assist in design, detail, joinery solutions and timber proportions if needed.
This article is an attempt to give an overview of facts about timber trusses and timber frames and to recap the choices you have in designs, materials and finishes.
We are pleased to announce that we now have the capability of fabricating traditional mortised and pegged timber truss and timber frames from antique materials such as hand hewn barn timbers or Long Leaf Pine mill timbers. We are currently in the production phase for an Antique Hewn Oak Timber Frame Dining Hall for a Hunting Ranch west of San Antonio. Renderings are below.
There are two main types of joinery in trusses: the more common steel plated assembly and the traditional mortised and pegged assembly. Most of our truss projects are true mortised or mortised/steel hybrids but we can certainly fabricate traditional steel plated trusses if that is the look that is desired.
While we have the capability of manufacturing complete Residential and Commercial Timber Frame Packages, we also enjoy working with our customers on smaller timber framed structures such as Pavilions, Cabanas, and Pergolas as well as partial timber frame assemblies integrated into traditional stick framed structures.
One common misconception is that timber trusses can only be used as decorative components. Although we supply many projects where our trusses are purely decorative, we have fabricated structural trusses up to 40′-0″ in length with steel plates and up to 32′-0″ in length with mortised connections. Our longest non-structural trusses delivered were 48’-0” in length. These are not maximum possible sizes, just the largest for us to date. Some of our structural trusses are pictured below.
The photo above shows a recent installation in one of our ranch projects. These unique timbers were sawn or hewn to function as heavy floor joists in 100 year old barns. Because they were laid flat, only the wide faces were “dressed” leaving the original log surface on the sides. Advantages resulting from their function is that when turned vertically they have virtually no wane and because they were not part of main timber frame they have little or no mortise pocketing. This material lends itself well to “elegant rustic” styles.
A wonderful choice for more informal projects, beams can be used flat as originally intended (at right) or set vertically to play up their irregular appearance as in photo above. Sizes on larger timbers are 8″ (+/-) thick and 12″ up to 14″ wide. Smaller beams are available 8″ (+/-) thick and approx 10″ wide.
The timbers at right are decked with Eastern White Pine slabs which we can provide as straight edge or bark edge in widths up to 24″. It doesn’t get more authentic than that!
As you can see in photos below we have access to a great selection and can satisfy fairly long lengths. Again, these are all 100 year old Oak and are sold pressure washed to patina finish, de-nailed, treated for insects and kiln dried (on lengths up to 20′-0″). Please contact us with any inquiries.
Texas Architectural Timbers supplied Perma-chink siding for an 1850s-era pioneer-style getaway cabin in the Texas hill country. The home was featured in the October 2009 issue of Residential Design & Build magazine.
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The Janka scale rates the relative hardness of wood. We have listed some of the most popular choices in wood flooring and included some more exotic species for your reference and comparison.
The higher the number, the harder the wood. These ratings were determined using the Janka Hardness Test which measures the side hardness measure of the force required to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter into the wood. This is one of the best measures of the ability of wood species to withstand denting and wear. It is also a good indicator of how hard a species is to saw or nail.
This should only be used as a general guide when comparing various species of wood flooring. Depending on where the wood is harvested the results may vary. Plank construction and finish are also important factors when determining the durability and ease of maintenance of any wood floor.
JANKA RATING – WOOD SPECIES (Hardest to Softest)
3684 Brazilian Walnut /Ipe
1820 Hickory and Pecan
1450 Hard / Sugar Maple
1360 White Oak
1320 White Ash
1300 American Beech
1290 Northern Red Oak
1260 Yellow Birch
1225 Yellow Heart Pine
1010 American Walnut
950 American Cherry
870 Southern Yellow Pine (Longleaf)
860 American Red Elm
690 S.Yellow Pine (Loblolly & Shortleaf)
660 Douglas Fir
380 Eastern White Pine
Bamboo flooring is becoming more popular as a sustainable and “green” alternative to wood materials. Is bamboo better? Treehugger.com explains:
Tipster Brad installed a bamboo floor and says “The environmental benefits are great, but the flooring itself is awful”. We have had mixed experiences with it ourselves and decided to look more closely.
Before we look at the environmental issues, let’s look at its utility- is it all it is cracked up to be? One of the major benefits touted by vendors is how hard and tough it is. It’s Not.
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New Kiln Dried Eastern White Pine Timbers milled to your specifications
New Kiln Dried Douglas Fir Timbers – #1 and Select Grades. KD Southern Yellow Pine also available at very competitive pricing.
Factory milled decorative cuts and finishes are available on Kiln Dried Products
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