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08-13-2015 01:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: red oak barn beams barn barn wood

I need help Identifying some barn beams. They are from a barn in Watertown MN. I was told they are red oak from the barn owner. It looks like red oak to me. I just want to be sure.


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#1 posted 08-13-2015 01:26 PM

Hard to tell without seeing one partially planed. Or you can cut a piece and smell the end grain. If it smells like cat poop, it’s red oak.

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#2 posted 08-13-2015 06:49 PM

Take a short piece- 2 or 3 inches long. See if you can suck air thru the end grain. If you can, it probably is red oak.

I’ve been told old timers used a similar trick- they would blow smoke into the end grain. If it came out of the other end…red oak.

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#3 posted 08-13-2015 07:02 PM

If it smells like cat poop, it s red oak.
- mrjinx007


Take a short piece- 2 or 3 inches long. See if you can suck air thru the end grain. If you can, it probably is red oak.
- lew


they would blow smoke into the end grain.
- lew

Too may suggestions, guys. Give the guy a break, let’s just consolidate our opinions here…

Take a piece of cat poop, 2-3 inches long. If you can suck it through the end grain, or smoke it, you’ve probably got red oak.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 08:23 PM

How ‘bout this thought? If it looks like red oak, smells likes cat poop, & has the appearance of red oak, it must be what? Red Oak.

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 08:40 PM



Hard to tell without seeing one partially planed. Or you can cut a piece and smell the end grain. If it smells like cat poop, it s red oak.

- mrjinx007

mrjinx is wrong, it smells like wet german shepard.

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#6 posted 08-15-2015 01:53 AM

How heavy are they ?
They do not look like oak to me, the end grain looks too porous.
My thoughts are Hemlock. Thats nasty knot in one piece as well.
What were the native trees fron that area 60 years ago ?

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#7 posted 08-15-2015 11:40 AM

Canadian,

I believe that you are right. Looks like a very slow grown softwood to me. Douglas fir, spruce, fir, or hemlock.

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#8 posted 08-15-2015 03:05 PM

OK, put a few chunks in the cat litter box, if the cat starts to cover it up, it’s red oak.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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