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Forum topic by VABeachChris posted 08-21-2015 10:57 PM 614 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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VABeachChris

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08-21-2015 10:57 PM

My great uncle made this picnic table back somewhere the mid 70s – 80s from reclaimed lumber. (before reclaimed lumber was more expensive than new)

I inherited it 5 years ago with a peeling red tinted varnish. We recently sanded it down and coated 3x with spar urethane semi gloss. The depth of the wood is incredible. Of course the photos don’t do it justice.

I thought it was oak but it isn’t quite as heavy as i think it would be and it doesn’t have rays. The reddish tint may be from the previous finish.

Thank you!

Chris Robbins

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#1 posted 08-21-2015 11:59 PM

Tough to know for sure with the finish, but it’s a softwood of some kind. SYP, Doug Fir, something else?

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 12:10 AM

The wood grain makes me think it is Douglas Fir.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 12:45 AM

I’m voting for Doug fir as well. I have stained some with MinWax Gunstock that looks just like yours.

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 01:37 AM

I got to agree with everyone else. That looks like some really nice Doug fir. It’s a mighty handsome piece.

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 02:10 AM

I agree that it is a softwood. If you are in Virginia, it could be old growth southern yellow pine. The wide growth rings lead me there, and SYP is a native wood versus douglas fir.

Location has a big impact on what you are likely to find, wood wise.

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

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 02:33 AM

Doug Fur is impossible to find in VA now, but who knows what was common years ago. I agree that it is nice and that it may be southern yellow pine.

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VABeachChris

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 02:39 AM

Thanks all for the insight. The table is from NJ, and it is (most likely) made from a barn that was put together 1910-1920. I will take a close up photo tomorrow of the inconsistency in the grain. Some is super tight, almost quartersawn looking, then some flattens way out like you see in the earlier photos. Thanks again!
Chris

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#8 posted 08-22-2015 02:51 AM

Still looks like Doug fir to me.

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#9 posted 08-22-2015 02:15 PM

I was surprised that all the stalls in my dad’s 60 year old barn (in NE Oklahoma) were lined with old growth Doug Fir 2×12s. It has a very distinctive smell when sawed.

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#10 posted 08-23-2015 12:06 AM

I’m not going to say it is chestnut, but would chestnut be just as heavy as oak? Some of us young guys haven’t had a chance to use the stuff.

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#11 posted 08-23-2015 12:48 AM

No, chestnut is not as heavy as oak. It is lighter than you would think.

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

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