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Forum topic by Sloopmk posted 03-24-2016 04:55 AM 720 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2016 04:55 AM

Hello All.

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I came across a bunch of rough sawn lumber today for next to nothing. I’m absolutely terrible at identifying wood species, so would very much appreciate some help. I’m located in the Piedmont (i.e. central) of North Carolina and assume the wood is from here.

I used an electric hand plane to take off the top layer and took some pics.

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 05:28 AM


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#2 posted 03-24-2016 05:30 AM

red oak
white oak

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 08:56 AM

1. Walnut
2. Walnut
3. Cherry?
4. Red Oak
5. Walnut

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 10:05 AM

red oak

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#5 posted 03-24-2016 10:18 AM

Thanks all for the help.

Well that’s fantastic news. I probably got about 200 BF overall of walnut alone.

I also got about 150 BF of cypress. Any recommendations on what I should make with that?

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#6 posted 03-24-2016 11:46 AM

I have read various posts on how to stack the wood, with a multitude of opinions.

I have a overhang off my shed where I’d like to store this lumber. The overhand should prevent rain from hitting the boards, hurricanes excluded! The boards will not get much, if any, direct sunlight. Is that a concern?

My plan is to lay some sacrificial boards on the ground and then stack the wood on top of that. I’m thinking 3 to 4 rows, stacking as high as 5 feet tall. I expect the top boards will warp, but hopefully whats underneath with stay relatively flat. I’m thinking about using straps along the boards in an attempt to help them stay flat. What do you think?

I’m not sure I see the need for a vapor barrier on the bottom since the boards are off the ground and covered, correct me if i’m wrong please.

As far as marking the boards to keep track of the species, what is the best method you’ve seen? Just a sharpie on the end? A piece of tape with the name written on it?


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#7 posted 04-19-2016 01:13 AM

Went back today for my second load of lumber, from the same deal initially referenced above. This is about 50% Walnut, 40% cypress, and 10% oak. Got about 1.5 times this load of Walnut left to get.

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