Once, I’m sure, it would have been regarded as a stunning architectural feature of the Menzies Building, but the original timber ceiling is no longer the flavour of the month and has been replaced with a modern suspended one.
I had a scan of my collection of digital photos taken over the years, and found one that at least gives a small taste of what the ceilings used to be.
Rather than see that timber wasted or worse (such as landfill or burnt), I have been fortunate enough to have a good portion dropped off at my place (yeah, just in time for me to then have to relocate it to the new house!)
While part of the ceiling, the boards are secured together in groups of 3 or 6, with a board nailed across them (bet that was some apprentice’s job!) The majority are 90 x 30mm, and 1.8m in length.
To take them apart, I initially tried a hammer, but decided there was a much better way – the Worx Pro Jawhorse.
By clamping the crossbrace in the jaws, it only takes a little encouragement (and gravity) to neatly separate the two, leaving lengths of very straight, very dry timber.
Just goes to show how stable the Jawhorse is! And a tonne of clamping force to boot. From there, the boards got stacked onto a pallet. I haven’t measured it, but it’d be close to 2 m3.
I used a bit for toy kitchen for my daughter’s Christmas, and there are a fair few projects to come out of this lot. Can’t wait! So awesome (and inspiring) having a good collection of timber!