Fuzzy grain in old longleaf pine

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Forum topic by davej77 posted 07-09-2015 10:15 PM 677 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2015 10:15 PM

Have any of you seen ribbons of fuzzy grain in old longleaf pine ?

I got hold of a beautiful 12 ft long beam of longleaf pine that had been salvaged from an old building in New Orleans. The length of the beam is straight, tight grain and most if it is very smooth and hard as a rock, but small ribbons of grain (anywhere from 1-3 inches wide x 3-8 inches long) have a quite fuzzy texture. Fuzzy is the best term I can think of to describe it.

The beam was a ceiling beam and was roughly sawn. I assumed the fuzzy texture was from a dull saw when it was milled but several passes through a planer and a lot of hard sanding does little to make these sections smooth.

I would love to know what has caused this. I’m not going to try to stain this wood – it’s very dark and needs no enhancement, so that’s not an issue. It’s just a mystery (to me) that begs to be solved.

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#1 posted 07-09-2015 10:30 PM

I’ve seen the same fuzzy streaks in African Mahogany. I think it happens in wood with softer streaks with interlocked grain that won’t cut cleanly, instead it sort of shreds in place. Only way I could get rid of it was sanding.

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#2 posted 07-10-2015 01:35 AM

The fuzzy grain is likely from compression wood that forms when the tree has sweep or is not growing perfectly vertical.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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