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Old 17-08-16, 01:03 PM   #1
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Hi all.
What is the correct wood used in a L type trolley?
Many thanks, Karl.
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Old 17-08-16, 01:27 PM   #2
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Hi Karl,

I was wondering the same as I have to replace some rotten wood on a Lister L trolley.
The timber on mine is clearly some variety of pine, very close grained and virtually free from knots. I'm told that it might be pitch pine, but that is not a native tree to the UK.

I know Listers used oak for some of the A/B type trollies (but again the majority were pine). I can't see Listers importing pine when there's plenty in the UK already, but its not the usual type of soft pine used for structural timber down the local wood yard. So not much help I'm afraid, but maybe a few pointers.

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Old 17-08-16, 03:32 PM   #3
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If any help my lister L is on its original timbers and they are again pine of a dence tight grained texture . Circa 1924. Cheers John

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Old 17-08-16, 04:45 PM   #4
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Surely the best wood for Lister trolley's consists of mostly Iron, carbon and a lot of heat and oxygen

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Old 17-08-16, 04:50 PM   #5
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Hi

I'm in the same boat for my two lister L's wondering what wood to use

Hopefully in couple of days I'm going up to my local reclaimed timber yard and see what hardwoods they have as I know oak is going to be too expensive for me

What wood would people recommend other then pine and oak

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I managed to get some Douglas fir about 10 years ago at our local car boot. Very close grained, no knots and heavy compared with other softwoods. Size was 4" X 8" x 60" to 70" for 5ea. Got them ripped length ways at work to give me approx 4" x 4" engine bearers.
Using some now to make a trolley for a Field Force Pump Co 3.1/2HP engine.
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Old 17-08-16, 05:47 PM   #7
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Surely the best wood for Lister trolley's consists of mostly Iron, carbon and a lot of heat and oxygen

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I definitely don't know the answer, and I have also heard pitch pine mentioned. I suspect something like Sitka Spruce is more likely. Good quality spruce is dense and tough (and cheap!) but would have had to be creosoted to preserve it.

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Any dense slow growing pine would do the job.
But I'd put my trust in big chunks of steel :big grin:

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The timber on mine is clearly some variety of pine, very close grained and virtually free from knots. I'm told that it might be pitch pine, but that is not a native tree to the UK.
According to the metal label on my parent's Lister garden bench (supplied new in 1966 and still going strong despite being out in all weathers and never having been re-finished or treated in all those years!) it's made from 'Genuine Burma Teak', which is not a native tree to the UK, so I doubt obtaining a few boat-loads of pitch pine would have been a problem for Lister's woodwork department.

Karl, is there somewhere you could send a sample of the wood from the original trolley to get it analysed to find out what they did use? Maybe some woodworking historical society (if such a thing exists) could be found on the internet and asked for (free) help in identifying the wood?
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