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Rescued Wood #18: Name This Wood ?

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 02-09-2010 06:22 PM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of years ago someone gave me a grotty old roof beam from a demolished building. Two days ago I needed a plank as an Alaskan guide rail and this old beam was just the right size, but needed to be cleaned up to give my jig a smooth ride. This is what showed up after planing and sanding.

Does anyone know what this wood is? I suspect it may be Oregon Pine purely because of it’s age and where/how is was used. I’d like to know if it worth getting the nails out of it and using it for a project sometime, or if it should stay relegated to the “general construction wood” section of my stock.

Face Grain

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End Grain

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The tight grained section which is towards the outside of the tree has about 30 growth rings per inch so I guess the tree was old growth.

Thanks.

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 06:26 PM

Looks like douglas fir.
or southern yellow pine.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 06:27 PM

Agreed, my $$ is on DF.

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 06:31 PM

Douglas Fir, old growth by the ring count.
Outside of the Pacific Northwest it is often called Oregon Pine.
Here in Oregon we just call it Doug Fir.

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 06:47 PM

Thanks for your input guys. I’m pretty sure Southern yellow pine was never imported into South Africa as we have more than enough pine of our own. I suspect (I could be wrong) that Douglas fir also was not generally imported.

Oregon pine on the other hand enjoyed great popularity in the 20’s to the 60’s and was imported by the boatload mainly for flooring and roof beams in the spate of lower end residential development around the mines.

I don’t have personal experience of any of these woods, so I’ll take the consensus of the majority.

PS
I started my reply before Andy posted. Thanks Andy – so I guess this IS Doug Fir AND Oregon Pine.

Cool

Thanks.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 09:15 PM

What astounds me is the quality of this lumber…used as a roof beam! Incredible. Now I have difficulties to find such a quality even in first grade lumber (here in Italy, not in USA or Canada obviously).

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 10:15 PM

Bald Cypress..well over 100 years old

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 10:17 PM

Could be a Bald Eagle..but I see no feathers

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 10:27 PM

Isn’t it interesting to see how international our LJ group is on these postings? To think that lumber of pine is treasured in Italy and thought of as basic construction grade wood in the USA. As I am located in Maryland, redwood and yellow cedar (west coast/Canada) is pricey for my area, yet cherry, maple, poplar, black walnut, oak, are considered common hardwoods. I did spy some decent birdseye maple in HD a few months ago, and failed to purchase it as it was only 1 inch thick (I use 5/4 or thicker stock for my canes.).

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 12:11 AM

I would (almost) kill for some decently figured wood like bird’s eye Maple, or even better, quilted maple of ANY thickness.

I have to go to a specialist importer about 2 hours drive away to get anything like Maple, Padauk, Oak, Walnut – the stuff you take for granted in the USA. Not only are they a long drive away, they are also expensive.

On the other hand, I have cheap (free) access to Wild Plum, Yellowwood, Litchi, Natal Mahogany – stuff you guys would salivate over.

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#10 posted 02-10-2010 01:49 AM

that my friend is old growth douglas fir what im woundering is how it got to where u livewhat kind of history is behind a wood that is native to the pacific north west ended up in another country

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 02:59 AM

Yep…Old growth Douglas Fir, no question.

I bet it’s hard as a rock by now as well.

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#12 posted 02-10-2010 12:54 PM

well mmh, maybe I was slightly misunderstood: I wasn’t referring to any pine, but to Douglas Fir…and not any Douglas Fir, but sound Douglas Fir without knots or other defects. Here such quality lumber was always used for window frames or for matchboarding, not for roof beams :-)

-- Antonio

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