OAK BEAMS / FRAME
Oak is naturally durable and strong, which is why it has been used in building for centuries. Oak lasts for a long time, without any preservative treatment. It is capable of bearing high structural loads
Our oak beams are cut by experienced sawmillers on site at our mill in the southwest of Scotland.
Most of the logs are sourced locally, in the south of Scotland or the north of England.
OTHER WOOD BEAMS
In addition to oak beams, McConnel Wood Products also cut beams in home-grown hardwoods such as elm and softwoods such as Douglas Fir and Scots Pine.
Douglas fir is an ideal softwood for beam production. It is strong, tough and can be produced in long lengths.
We can also supply hewn beams. Hewing is a traditional way of shaping a beam for building that was common before the advent of sawmilling or in locations where milling wasn't practical. One of the most attractive things about a hand-hewn beam is that it has some texture on the surface.
McConnel Wood Products cut oak beams and assemble trusses and frames for barn conversions and other oak framed buildings or extensions. Our clients include self-builders as well as businesses and public sector institutions.
Our typical oak truss or frame is generally based on a traditional (time-tested) design, possibly with slight modifications, and built using traditional techniques, e.g., mortice and tenon joints. We arrange delivery and can assemble on site.
We will work from a client’s design, but also can offer design and engineering services, working in conjunction with engineers who have specialist experience of wood frame structures.