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Author Topic: Railway Sleepers  (Read 6832 times)
« on: 11 January, 2006, 03:25 »

Hi all,

I am just looking for some advise.  Is it easy/practical to work with railway sleepers?  I want to fashon a mantle for my fireplace in the sitting room.  I hear the sleepers may be soaked in some sort of solution and also may be covered with tar? I do admit that the sleepers i have seen, altho not covered in tar, do seem oily.  Has anyone worked with these or have any knowladge for me?

Doubting this I have considered oak (bog oak?). I basically want a dar(ish) wood. I thought the sleepers would make a nice touch. Where could I purchase enough wood to make a standard lenght mantle (and 4 small (4x2) shelvs)?.

Located in Limerick.


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« Reply #1 on: 11 January, 2006, 10:31 »


I haven't worked with railway sleepers myself, so I don't know a lot about them.   However, I think that the "solution" they are soaked in probably creosote (an oil based preservative).   Creosote is fairly nasty stuff, and allegedly carcinogenic.   However, as a mantle piece that may or may not matter too much?

If you are prepared to travel here from Limerick, you could have a look at a couple of 4" thick pieces of elm that we have in stock, and which were sawn as mantle pieces.   This is the darkest wood that we have.

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William Bunbury

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