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Forum topic by AESamuel posted 06-04-2015 02:47 PM 917 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AESamuel

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06-04-2015 02:47 PM

Hi there,

I bought two 3”x8”x12’ planks from a builder a little while ago and am planning to make some end tables with them but I’d like to know a bit more about the wood itself. It looks a lot like a type of pine, but is stronger than white pine from a box store. Doing a fingernail test I can only just make a mark in the wood and it seems to be around the same as maple in terms of hand planing difficulty.

Have attached pictures, any help would be much appreciated!

Asa.


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JuniorJoiner

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#1 posted 06-04-2015 02:55 PM

douglas fir

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shipwright

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#2 posted 06-04-2015 03:02 PM

+1 on D. Fir. (Aka Oregon Pine)
The pitch seam is a dead give away.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#3 posted 06-04-2015 03:17 PM

+2 Douglas fir looks like quartersawn

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#4 posted 06-04-2015 03:48 PM

+3 on Doug Fir. Nice tight grain, too.

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#5 posted 06-04-2015 05:14 PM

+4 Doug Fir. From what you show CVG-clear vertical grain.

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AESamuel

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#6 posted 06-04-2015 05:20 PM

That’s great, thanks a lot everyone!

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#7 posted 06-04-2015 06:45 PM



+2 Douglas fir looks like quartersawn

- johnstoneb

I guess I don’t understand the term “quartersawn”. The sample is nearly a square with rings at about 45°. What characterizes it as quartersawn ?

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#8 posted 06-04-2015 10:47 PM

Looks more like rift sawn since the lines are corner to corner.Rift sawn makes good table legs.

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Luthierman

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#9 posted 06-04-2015 11:11 PM

Without a doubt that is fir. I would make classical guitar neck blanks and braces out of that if i had it. Beautifully tight grain there.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#10 posted 06-05-2015 12:41 AM

Looks like rift sawn Doug Fir from here.

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#11 posted 06-05-2015 02:11 AM

I am going to line up in the Douglas Fir Camp.

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#12 posted 06-05-2015 03:10 AM

My first thought was hemlock, but I seem to be outnumbered. Doug fir is more likely.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 06-05-2015 03:15 AM

Quarter sawn has the grain running parallel or perpendicular to the top and sides. Or close to it. Rift is at a 45 or close.

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#14 posted 06-07-2015 03:29 AM

I’m no stranger to that old slow-grown Doug Fir wood. I source it almost exclusively from demolition and remodels (check the dumpsters). In the sample pictured above, the corner closest to the bottom of the pic, has to be 100+ years older than the corner near the top.

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