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Originally Posted by demographic Cleaned up an old railway sleeper a few weeks ago for use as a beam and by the looks of it ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by demographic View Post
    Cleaned up an old railway sleeper a few weeks ago for use as a beam and by the looks of it it was made of Mahogany

    Was quite surprised.
    Theres a load come over from south africa the last couple of years, they all tend to be hardwood.

    Very important - do not try to distress a railway sleeper by using a blowtorch, they burn for ages once lit
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    Quote Originally Posted by demographic View Post
    Cleaned up an old railway sleeper a few weeks ago for use as a beam and by the looks of it it was made of Mahogany

    Was quite surprised.
    Hope you didn't breathe to much dust etc as they generally have about 100 years of asbestos brake dust embedded in them..
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    Hope you didn't breathe to much dust etc as they generally have about 100 years of asbestos brake dust embedded in them..
    and squished melancholy commuters.

    Never mind the asbestos, the bloody cost of the things would damage my health.
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    I can get "real" railway sleepers, but you would be mad to, as mentioned, full of brake dust, diesel and oil, enought to kill off your garden

    I can also get "ecco" sleepers
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX61 View Post
    Hope you didn't breathe to much dust etc as they generally have about 100 years of asbestos brake dust embedded in them..
    <cough> Wasn't a problem<cough>

    All the shavings went into the planer shavings bag but it never occured to me about that so thanks for mentioning it anyway and I will look out in future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX61 View Post
    Hope you didn't breathe to much dust etc as they generally have about 100 years of asbestos brake dust embedded in them..
    And don't forget the track emptying toilets....

    There's some lovely timber tucked away in sleepers. I've resawn some and used the wood for a kitchen floor in my old place. Hard as nails and dreadful for any blade you get near it, but won't wear out and looks great.

    Try these guys, they make furniture out of African sleepers. Cunningly they let happy, cheap and disposable Zimbabwean guys make the furniture How kind
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    So what did you end up doing gregor? Pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by go_slow View Post
    So what did you end up doing gregor? Pictures?
    +1, fascinating thread and something I have also considered. Laying huge slabs of concrete as bases seems so unnecessary and expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by go_slow View Post
    So what did you end up doing gregor? Pictures?
    I'll bung a piccy up at the weekend to show my lack of progress
    At the moment, for now, temporarily, fuckitthat'lldo it(the base) sits on those blocks turned the other way.
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    Blimey no progress since June

    My eldest has spent the past year on a carpentry course but I've failed to persuade him to take on this little job

    Might crack on with it this weekend the base has sat nicely on those blocks this past year.

    Shock horror I did buy some wood today and I haven't abandoned Will's chestnut post idea yet.
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    I see that Zanx has some serious competition on the yurt front!!
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    I see that Zanx has some serious competition on the yurt front!!
    I can't see his muscling in on your work though.
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    How it looked this morning. I'm no carpenter and all the wood is scavenged/offcuts apart from 6 pcs in the foreground before the piss-taking starts...........

    A bunkbed frame sitting on the base





    These two were no help at all


    End of day
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    Thats coming together nicely, good use of the reclaimed timber, always a bonus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregor View Post
    These two were no help at all
    Not only that, the one on the left knows feck all about skiing
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    Hang on. Are you building the shed first, propped up on wobbly bricks and then going to build a base? Or have I missed a trick?

    Screwd.
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