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Forum topic by bandwood posted 02-17-2010 02:11 AM 1314 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bandwood

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02-17-2010 02:11 AM

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I recently acquired some lumber and was curious to know if anyone might be able to help identify it. Most of it is red-orange in color, possibly Cedar but I am not sure. I have identified some of the more white looking wood as spruce.

I am not sure if these pictures will be acceptable, but I figured I would give it a shot. Thanks in advance!!

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 02:18 AM

Sorry… can’t help myself

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 03:38 AM

Bandwood, the pictures do not lend themselves well to identification. You have to see the wood close up to identify the grain, color, etc. If you can pull out, 2-3 boards of different species, take a closer photo of them and post those it might be more helpful for someone to identify them.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 03:51 AM

If you think it cedar, take a belt sander to a board and take a big whiff trust me you’ll know…the slab cut to me and the color orange which is predominant has me thinking cypress. The picture are mostly edge shot so it make it hard to tell.

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 03:56 AM

i have that book by R. Bruce hoadley. it’s funny i have it right next to me. but yeah i can’t tell what kind of wood it is by those pictures. smelling it would help a lot you can tell how cedar smells like.

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 03:58 AM

Can’t tell from the photos, but it looks like it could be cypress. Does it have nice straight grain? Distinct but mild odor when cut? If you’ve got 30 years to spare you could put a piece outside and see if it rots.

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 04:32 AM

This is a great forum. I appreciate all the responses.

I will get some up close pictures tomorrow and get them posted. Thanks very much!

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 04:34 AM

Okay, I was able to get some more pictures. I hope these will suffice. Please let me know your thoughts.

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#8 posted 02-20-2010 02:09 AM

Just wondering if these pictures will suffice. Please let me know if you need more.

I don’t think the pictures show how orange the wood is. It is not super orange, but definitely red-orange. Could it be Cyprus? Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks

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#9 posted 02-20-2010 02:35 AM

i’d say red cedar, or monteray cyprus. the smell will tell you the difference. dose it smell like a pencil?

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 01:47 AM

I had someone check out this wood and they said it is basically all old growth fur. It has been sitting a long time and they said that could probably be why it seems orange. But from their knowledge, they say that 90% of it is old growth fur. Rough cut, so it would need to be planed probably.

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#11 posted 02-23-2010 06:13 PM

I think cedar give it a light sanding and then a smell cedar is a giveaway as it has a very noticeable scent.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 06:29 PM

I would say the orange color leans to cypress but it does look a little like cedar?

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