is this pine??

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Project by craigo posted 06-19-2012 11:17 PM 3589 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LJ’S’s, a friend of mine has given me gravel boards (for fencing) and some 4×4 posts, I can tell the posts are pine but is the gravel boards pine too? They have a slightly different grain and colour, and seem very light in weight. i’m from the UK if that helps, 2nd pic is thr pine posts, 1st pic is the gravel boards planed and sanded.. the 3rd pic is both together, before planing.and sanding. I don’t know if wood treatment.plays a massive part but any help.would be greatly appreciated! P.s, a planter box is in the making…

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 12:12 AM

Hard telling from a pic. If I had to guess, I would say it looks more like either cedar or a St Bernard…;) But like I say, hard to tell.

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 12:20 AM

I would say that your ID of the lazy lima bean in the back ground is St Bernard. I would say that it is some type of pine and thats just looking at the knots. Those posts are no doubt treated pine. Wear a mask cutting them. Cheers

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#3 posted 06-20-2012 12:38 AM

Is it Light? If so, it’s probably cedar, those posts are treated SPF (Spruce Pine Fur) and yeah…

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 01:15 AM

Looks like a cedar wood to me. But, I’m no expert. Just my opinion. :)

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#5 posted 06-20-2012 02:22 AM

it’s don’t believe it’s cedar. Most likely pine.

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 02:44 AM

If it’s Cedar , you’ll know by the smell right away.
If it smells like a pencil , it’s called Incense Cedar , versus the Aromatic Cedar used in closets and cedar chests.
The pressure treated posts appear to be (if you were in the USA) Southern Yellow Pine.
The boards to the far right appear to be different with their widely spaced growth rings.

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#7 posted 06-20-2012 02:50 AM

I agree with Dusty. In the U.S. the treated lumber we see is yellow pine. put it in the rain and sun and it still acts like pine. it will twist and bend etc. the boards look like the pine that was used in older homes. They call it pine. It is dense and heavy but it is some kind of pine. It looks like fir. the difference is probably the older pine was not harvested from trees that were planted to harvest. Todays trees grow at the speed of light and they have knots ever inch it seems. Just not like a hundred years ago.

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#8 posted 06-20-2012 04:23 AM

Its ‘Freewood’ a very sought after wood type. It does come in different species, hardness and grains. That is the surprising nature of Freewood. ;-)

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#9 posted 06-20-2012 05:41 AM

Thanks for the help guys I know it’s hard. My initial thought was Douglas, due to it’s lightness and piney scent, but hey, i’m not THAT clued up.. Tokolosi I think you may be right!
and yes Bernie the St Bernard IS lazy.. But he loves laying where i’m working and although he doesn’t look like much, I enjoy the company :)
Thanks again guys

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#10 posted 06-20-2012 08:41 AM

Looks like pine to me, but I agree it looks a little strange. Could it be Fir?

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#11 posted 06-20-2012 01:07 PM

Don’t know about the lumber but that is a great looking shop Buddy!

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#12 posted 06-20-2012 04:45 PM

I think it’s a mix of two kinds of wood. I’m betting the 4×4’s are pine. COULD the center right three be breech? Center left and far right betting pine or spruce.

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#13 posted 06-20-2012 04:57 PM

Ask the guy that gave them to you.

Were they clean enough when you got them? I’d worry about stone nicks in my planer knives.

Sanding may have been overkill.

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#14 posted 06-20-2012 05:06 PM

He wouldn’t know dan, and yeah they were very clean, otherwise I certainly wouldn’t have planed them lol. Why would sanding be an overkill may I ask?
Thanks for the help guys, i’m thinking cedar due being a gravel board, but who knows?!
And thanks Atchinson, was a nice afternoon so took my work outside!

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#15 posted 06-20-2012 05:07 PM

it most definitely ISN’T a PROJECT …

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