A symbol of strength and quality, long timber trusses supported by immense vertical posts connected with hardware-free joinery certainly point back to a less complicated time when true craftsmanship was celebrated. However, Douglas Fir Timbers aren’t just for country homes, anymore. Once used primarily for rustic-looking log homes, timber frames are increasingly popular and being used for diverse styles. J. Gibson McIlvain is leading the way in providing wholesale lumber such as the prized Douglas Fir Timbers, for builders across the country and the globe.
If you’re going to use timber framing, you need to start with the right raw materials: Specialty wood products are needed for solid wood joinery. The most celebrated variation is called “drawbored mortise and tenon.” This application is achieved when a hardwood peg is driven through an offset hole within a mortise-and-tenon joint, thus positioning the tenon more deeply into the mortise and achieving optimal strength.
Such joinery requires both attention to detail and quality raw materials, and J. Gibson McIlvain carries all the high-quality wood products required. Due to its weather-resistant qualities and superior strength, Douglas Fir Timbers are the materials-of-choice for structural applications. Because it has a tight grain and is receptive to most finishing techniques, this wood can be used for even the most modern designs. In addition, its propensity to grow tall allows for a fairly high availability of large sizes needed for structural applications.
At J. Gibson McIlvain, we expertly source and maintain a vast inventory of highly graded structural timbers, some in lengths up to 40 feet and widths up to 32 inches. Most orders can be ready to ship to anywhere in the U.S. within two weeks. We keep a large stock inventoried at both our Maryland headquarters as well as our west coast storage facility. It may help you to know that our Douglas Fir Timbers are almost exclusively sourced from the west coast, instead of the Rocky Mountains, due to their larger sizes and higher yields of structural timber.
It’s not just our inventory of quality Douglas Fir Timbers that makes J. Gibson McIlvain the ideal supplier for your next timber-framed project. You may desire a more rustic appearance, in which case we recommend White Oak. Either way, you’ll also likely want to use hardwood mouldings and other architectural millwork applications, and we create those elements on site. Instead of working with several different suppliers for your various wholesale lumber and millwork needs, you can simplify your order as well as combine on shipping, saving you valuable time and money. What’s more, you can avoid costly frustrations since you can rely on the customer service and quality materials that we’ve been providing to builders for centuries.