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10-05-2016 06:44 PM

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Just picked up some wood and Im trying to figure out what it is. Do you know what it is? Pictures show one with it wet and others are dry. Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 10-05-2016 09:53 PM

The flaky bark makes me want to say some sort of cedar, but its really brown in the center, so I think its something else. I would say it is likely at least some form of Conifer.

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#2 posted 10-05-2016 10:07 PM

Does the wood have a cedar smell to it? Or the bark if you peel some off?

If it came out of someone’s yard, it could be some exotic cypress or something in the arborvitae family.

Regardless the heartwood could yield some interesting projects.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 10-05-2016 11:05 PM


The flaky bark makes me want to say some sort of cedar, but its really brown in the center, so I think its something else. I would say it is likely at least some form of Conifer.

- Marn64

Does the wood have a cedar smell to it? Or the bark if you peel some off?

If it came out of someone s yard, it could be some exotic cypress or something in the arborvitae family.

Regardless the heartwood could yield some interesting projects.

- Lazyman

I have a feeling it may be cedar as well now. It did come from some guys yard that had cut these trees down about 6-8 months ago. I like to go on craigslist to see who is giving away wood and if i like what I see i go get some. the dark center really caught my attention.

I cut in to a small branch that I picked out for possible coasters and the center is quite reddish purple, the aging must have turned this brown on the outside. It has a very strong cedar smell, like what you smell at the lumber store while next to the Aromatic redwood. I didnt think about smelling it, good call. Here is a few images from the small branch and the yeild I have. The pieces are not very big the largest is around 12” tall and about 12” wide. Any ideas of what could be created with these? I was thinking maybe some clocks, hot pads and what ever else I could do by cutting them into little slabs.

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#4 posted 10-05-2016 11:06 PM

Are you in Texas? Because that looks like it could be Mesquite.

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#5 posted 10-05-2016 11:08 PM



Are you in Texas? Because that looks like it could be Mesquite.

- UncannyValleyWoods

No I’m not I guess I should mention I am in Southern California.

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#6 posted 10-05-2016 11:13 PM

Could be juniper as as well.

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#7 posted 10-06-2016 02:01 AM

Another mesquite vote. So. cal and the shape of those logs and the bark looks it too. If it’s hard it’s not cedar and I donate think you have a lot of cedar iyour area.

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#8 posted 10-06-2016 02:12 AM



Another mesquite vote. So. cal and the shape of those logs and the bark looks it too. If it s hard it s not cedar and I donate think you have a lot of cedar iyour area.

- ki7hy

Does mesquite have the same smell as would the cedar and or juniper? This has a very strong cedar/juniper smell. My girl got me some small cedar circles awhile ago to place in my shoes cause she cant stand my scent for some reason, the circles are not as strong as the wood I have but they are the same smell.

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#9 posted 10-06-2016 02:24 AM

Nope

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#10 posted 10-06-2016 02:39 AM

Like others said, If it is Cedar it will be pretty soft, easily dented with your fingernail and somewhat more brittle than say, Douglas Fir. You could face cut a 1/8” strip of the dry wood, and test the flexibility. Also, does the bark peel more like string cheese than Frosted Flakes? The contrast between the heartwood and sapwood looks to be true to Cedars character.

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#11 posted 10-06-2016 01:12 PM

Yes, it is a cedar.

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#12 posted 10-06-2016 05:40 PM

Are you in Texas? Because that looks like it could be Mesquite.

- UncannyValleyWoods

No I m not I guess I should mention I am in Southern California.

- Flyingmonkey158

Aww heck. I should have known. I don’t know the name of the tree, but we had one in our front yard when we lived in Southern California for a bit. I’m nearly 100% sure it is in the Mesquite family. I made some awesome coasters out of a fallen limb from one… I was trying to do a bit of googling to figure it out…being a common landscape tree that is also drought tolerant, I figured it would be easy to identify online, but I’m not having much luck.

I can say that it is definitely not a cedar, but I can’t blame the guy from GA for thinking so.

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#13 posted 10-06-2016 06:34 PM

Its a Lophostemon confertus (Brisbane box).... I’d put money on it.

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