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I'm not sure you can rely on the wood to carry the load.  IIRC, there is a fire rating issue with supporting steel on wood.  Can you design the anchor bolts to support the column?  Treat them as mini columns under the base plate.  Other than that, you need to check the wood bearing stress.  Either parallel or perpendicular to grain, depending on how you are loading it.
Jake Watson, P.E.
Salt Lake City, UT
-----Original Message-----
From: John Nader [mailto:johnenader(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2002 6:11 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Wood blocks

I am working on a Freezer warehouse.  We are required to place a piece of wood between the steel column's base plate and the footing.  The anchor bolts will pass thru it.  I am not sure on how to size this wood blocks pieces.  I am thinking 2" larger than the base plate.  This block will pass the load from the plate to the footing and can take the compresion load.
Thanks in advance for you input.

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