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04-25-2016 01:08 PM

I would guess this is some kind of yellow spruce – perhaps from Virginia. I believe the big
stores used to sell this but now they mostly sell hemlock and fir. Just curious, can I still
get this pretty decent wood? It was yellowy before I put the tung oil in it. I just found
the wood over 10 years ago, in a trashpile. So I made a shelf. I want to buy some to
make exterior gates.

Thank you.

-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood

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#1 posted 04-25-2016 01:21 PM

as an old VA boy, looks like yellow pine to me but could be wrong. I’d go look at

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 01:54 PM

It’s somewhat lower in quality and density than yellow pine – I would guess it’s like 25 or 26 lbs./cu. ft.
The grain is not quite as tight as that. I think it’s similar to the type of pine they use to make fences with for the big suppliers like Home Depot. I don’t need wood quite as heavy as Southern Yellow Pine. I’m not against it totally, just overkill I guess. Thanks. I’m checking out woodfinder now.

-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood

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#3 posted 04-26-2016 01:05 AM

I believe that it is white pine, Pinus strobus.

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 12:43 PM

White pine, not Southern Yellow Pine. If you want gates that will last do NOT use white pine.

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#5 posted 04-26-2016 04:28 PM

The wood I used years ago for the opposing shelves (that I posted the pic of) was pretty decent wood, and I agree that it may have been Eastern White Pine. Eastern White Pine sometimes looks yellowish. The problem I have with wood in general is that it depends on which tree of EWP and what part of the tree it comes from. There’s too much uncertainty of the quality of wood – some Eastern White Pine is ok, some not. I went to a mill the other day and there was a huge pile of junky Eastern White Pine.

I have a guy who deals in both reclaimed and new wood (he has an order for wood from me). Hopefully, he’ll come up with one or two suggestions. I might need to give him a few days or so to work on this. I would probably like Antique Yellow Spruce as it’s even more yellow-hearty than Eastern White Pine which is sort of an orangy-brown yellow with some red. In the end, I just need something that looks nice, and hopefully wears a little better than EWP. SYP is terrific but it might be overkill. I need to see the exact lot of wood before I can decide. I’m hoping this guy gives me a pic before I drive to his place. We’ll see. I don’t mind if the main gate is a little different from the auto gate. I sent him my basic design so he knows what I’m trying to do. I haven’t heard back from him yet after my call and email.

One problem with Eastern White Pine is not so much it’s bending modulus, it’s more it’s compression – it’s not real Janka at only about 380 – that’s pretty soft, and I would say too soft. Fine for a bookshelf but not as good for gates. It’s ok if your in a pinch though. You might just have to put a new gate in every so many years.

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#6 posted 04-26-2016 05:26 PM

I have never heard of yellow spruce (and I live in spruce country). Wikipedia suggests that it’s another name for red spruce, a majestic slow-growing shade-tolerant species that was long one of the main cornerstone species in the old growth forests here where I live. Unfortunately repeated massacre of our forests means that it’s been mostly replaced with quick-growing, short-living colonizing species like balsam fir,white spruce and aspen.

But I also see that some people refer to Sitka Spruce as yellow spruce. Just curious, but which of the species are you referring to?

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#7 posted 04-26-2016 09:09 PM

Perhaps there is no species of wood called Yellow Spruce as you say. But for some reason, the spruce appears kind of yellowy, at least yellowier than some other spruces. I kind of wish that I had a huge museum of woods – it would help. Perhaps I should have said to the guy – do you have any good wood for some gates – yellowy would be nice. I haven’t heard anything. I don’t know – perhaps I need to start on my next sawmill to find wood. I might have just wiffed with the Adirondack White Ash over the plate.
Maybe I’ll hear something in a few days. These searches for wood usually don’t go well. Sooner or later I’ll find someone who can supply a lot of planks. I ordered 48 of them – maybe it’ll take a week or two or three.
Here’s what I meant by yellow spruce.

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#8 posted 04-29-2016 12:36 AM

I put a perfectly legitimate and professional order in – the guy isn’t filling it. What the f..k is going on? Is there some asshole following me? It’s like the 4th time I’ve ordered wood and never got it.

-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood

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