We have just salvaged the Blackbutt flooring from accommodation buildings at RAAF Base Richmond. The boards are around 50 years old, in really good condition and have a great patina.
Blackbutt is a dense Australian hardwood perfectly suited to long lasting flooring. After sitting in this building for so long the boards are well seasoned and ready to lay.
Richmond is one of Australia’s oldest and largest airforce bases, started back in 1925, home to Air Lift Group operating the C-130 Hercules. The buildings being demolished were built from 1958-1962 and we were all too happy rescuing this high quality timber and giving it a new life!
When the timber arrives at our workshop it is usually full of nails and the tongue and groove are filled with years of dirt and grit. We have custom built special machinery to help our team remove any nails and clean up the tongue and groove making re-laying the salvaged floor much easier and more accurate. We also dock the boards and assess them for quality so we minimise any unusable timber with spit ends etc.
You can see in the photos we have the original boards and then two different sanding levels / finishing levels. Salvaged boards are always going to give a more character filled look.
If you are after salvaged flooring give us a bell, we also have special machinery to ‘re mill’ floor boards out of old beams. This means you get the quality and environmental benefits of well seasoned recycled timber but the look of a new floor board.