old utility crossarm

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Project by dion kendall posted 12-25-2008 01:05 AM 2467 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

THIS IS AN OLD cross arm i got at work. anybody know what kind of wood it is. looks like it might be good for a project or two.

-- dion trinity east

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#1 posted 12-25-2008 01:24 AM

Looks like Douglas Fir to me.
Nice tight vertical grain.

-- Here I post the good, for the rest has become firewood.

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#2 posted 12-25-2008 01:33 AM

looks like douglas fir to me. the cross grain splits on straight grain give that away. only other thing it could be is clear red cedar, which you would know by it’s weight and softness.
hows the weather down in NL? from there myself.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#3 posted 12-25-2008 01:44 AM

I was going to say fir too.
That cedar gray gives it away along with the red fine straight grain.


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#4 posted 12-25-2008 02:14 AM

I studied the pictures before I read the other replies. My guess would be redwood. The good stuff, like my mother’s fence circa 1959, looks like that. All heart, no sapwood, no knots. It gets that silver-gray color after a while. It’s quite popular where it will be wet a lot, like water tanks. So it would probably be good on a utility pole. Fir would be my second guess.

Whatever it is, it looks like good stuff, old-growth probably.

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#5 posted 12-25-2008 03:35 AM

thanks guys…... has for the weather junior…. -10 celcius but rain tomorrow believe it or not.

-- dion trinity east

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#6 posted 12-31-2008 05:00 AM

VG Doug Fir. Definitely. I have sold crossarms in recent years, made from Doug Fir. Not like this one, though. Tight grain – old growth. Doug Fir like this will last a Loooooonnnnng time, even out in the weather.

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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