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Will Merrit

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07-28-2016 06:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pineheart pine heart southern yellow pine reclaimed barn wood paneling type wood species hard wood

Hello all,

When I was a boy we bought a old Antebellum house in Mississppi about a hour from Natchez that we moved over to our land in

Natchez. A image of the house is attached along with a link to a youtube video of the house. I have since taken up woodworking and recovered some of the old timber that was original to that house. We kept most all of the lumber from the original house. Inside the house the walls were paneled with the picture of the wide planks below. Its rough sawn stuff that varies in thickness and width. Its so hard you cannot drive a nail in it, however its pretty brittle and very splintery. We always assumed it was heart pine but I want to see what you guys think. Also, in the video and attached below are some images of beams and other dimensional lumber timbers that came from the old house. Could you ID these too?



Had a ton of these little guys in there


Also had some of this, Walnut I think? This is the front and back.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 07-28-2016 07:33 PM

Will, greetings from a fellow Mississippian. In Tupelo now, but lived in Natchez as a young feller. McNeely road now on the way toward Washington. Used to play in St. Catherine’s creek.
The blocks that were used to build the old “motor court” were made on the site of the former dairy farm. Sold the raw milk to Powlett’s Dairy. You’re bringing back many memories.
Looks like old growth pine to me. You better betcha that the stuff is hard and resinous.
Don’t know what your intentions are, but whatever you build from it will be around for many years.
Keep us posted on any builds.
Best wishes for sure.


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Will Merrit

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#2 posted 07-28-2016 08:05 PM


Well how bout that. I was born and raised in Natchez. I dont know if you looked up our place from the video but we lived out in Kingston and the house originally came from Liberty. My mom married a Boyd White of Natchez, his dad is named Harold White, they live out in Kingston too. I grew up out there on Sandy Creek just down the road from where the house is. Its been in the family for generations all the way back to the Jersey Settlers.

This may seem dumb/odd but I have a aluminum driveway shed thingy (pic attached) that my wife hates. We like that it provides shade and a place for the kids to play so we were thinking about covering it up with the pine heart. But it would then be exposed to the weather, do you think it would hold up?

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#3 posted 07-28-2016 08:39 PM

I don’t think that pine will hold up directly exposed to the weather…’s probably better used for floors

but I did go to Natchez in April 16 and spent a couple days touring the History and Architecture

that place is full of old mansions from the late 1700 to the Civil War period

we drove up from Baton Rouge and it was a nice drive…....

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#4 posted 07-28-2016 09:20 PM

Better termed as HEART PINE. Gotta agree with the bride.


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#5 posted 07-28-2016 09:23 PM

Its always better to agree with bride. There’s an old church not far from hear entire inside of the building including the pews and pulpit are heart pine, beautiful place. Plenty of possibility’s for interior use.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#6 posted 07-30-2016 03:04 PM

The board you pictured has some sapwood and powder post beetle holes.
I’ve got several boards of heart pine some of them 12”+ in width, all full of beetle holes.
Probably should make lighter wood out of them, but just can’t bring myself to do it.

In a vertical application unfinished heart pine will stand up just about forever.
Thats’ what all old tobacco sheds, homestead houses, and farm sheds all over the south are made of. Most have been there over 100 years.

I would mill off the sap wood. Painting heart pine has be oil based paint, I think.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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