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Forum topic by Omar157 posted 02-23-2016 06:22 PM 535 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2016 06:22 PM

Can someone tell me what kind of wood the old 2×4 were?
How do they look if I run it through the planer and finish them?

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#1 posted 02-23-2016 06:24 PM

No Pictures are coming up

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#2 posted 02-23-2016 06:26 PM

Depends on many factors including location and age.

Many were southern yellow pine in the south.
Many were douglas fir in the west.
Many were fir or spruce in the northeast.

Generally the wood in 2×4’s is fairly low grade and may have quite a few defects. It can clean up pretty good and look nice if used for “rustic” furniture.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#3 posted 02-23-2016 06:44 PM

I am having trouble posting pictures

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#4 posted 02-23-2016 06:54 PM

Pics aren’t working on the site right now. It might be a couple days. If you have another pic server, like a flickr account, you could post photos that way.

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#5 posted 02-23-2016 08:26 PM

How about an Industrial Grade Table Saw with a huge motor?

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#6 posted 02-24-2016 03:01 AM

Roofing? Never seen a roofer use a table saw. Lol

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#7 posted 02-24-2016 04:41 AM

As we used to say when I worked as a mechanic, “Clean one-owner!”, when a rolling total wreck came into the shop.

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#8 posted 02-24-2016 04:55 AM

Around here in Ohio? Rough sawn Oak. Most 2×4s were 2” by 5”. The “Good Luck” part is due to all the cut nails. 100 yr old Oak will just not give up them nails. BTDT. The iron nails would turn the Oak black, the nails would corrode. Tips of those nails will break off inside the hole.

IF you can de-nail the oak, they will clean up better than any new oak you can by. IF you don’t might all the black areas in the wood.

BTW: You will need to predrill for any fasteners you might use.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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