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Forum topic by Ben Winchester posted 11-18-2016 02:12 PM 409 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben Winchester

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11-18-2016 02:12 PM

So my friend tells me that he has a large slab of old wood “that would make a great counter or bar top when cleaned up” and I must say that I expected something a little…prettier. I havent seen the wood in person so I dont know what it looks like under the surface. I plan on going there with a block plane to clean it up a little bit but if someone can recognize it beforehand I can at least know what to offer him. Based on the sheer size of the slab I could have a lot of use for it if its a good type of wood. Any ideas?

-- Measure once, cut once, hope for the best.


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#1 posted 11-18-2016 02:18 PM

Old growth softwood of some kind. Hard to tell beyond that with condition. Could be SYP, Doug Fir or any of another pine or spruce species. What size is the slab?

Being old growth, it has nice, tight growth rings, looks mostly clear of knots and could have some really pretty wood. If you ripped out the middle of the piece, there is also option of some vertical grain lumber there. I’d worry about how deep that oil staining is on the near end—if it’s very deep, that reduces the amount of usable lumber.

If the price is right, I’d certainly buy it. Old growth lumber is tough to find.

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#2 posted 11-18-2016 02:26 PM

No idea what kind of wood that is but is your friend really expecting some form of compensation for an old slab of wood? It does look pretty rough in the area near the lower left of the picture. Looks like some kind of oily substance. Might have some odor issues too.

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#3 posted 11-18-2016 02:30 PM

Pine.

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#4 posted 11-18-2016 02:31 PM

Hes going to get me exact dimensions but he thinks its 14’ long or so and probably wide enough for a countertop. It has some bow in it but if I can mill it out and still retain some good thickness how much would it be worth?

-- Measure once, cut once, hope for the best.

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#5 posted 11-18-2016 02:39 PM



No idea what kind of wood that is but is your friend really expecting some form of compensation for an old slab of wood? It does look pretty rough in the area near the lower left of the picture. Looks like some kind of oily substance. Might have some odor issues too.

- Ripper70

Yeah I kind of felt the same way when I saw the picture. He knows nothing about wood so I think hes under the impression that its antique and kind of a diamond in the rough. My only interest in it would be to have solid one piece countertops. I likely can mill the stain out, depending on the bow that’s in it.

-- Measure once, cut once, hope for the best.

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#6 posted 11-18-2016 03:41 PM

Offer him $20 or a couple of six packs. As mentioned above, looks like some sort of pine. It looks pretty thick. I’d rip it so it fit in my planer to clean it up and glue back together. If the stain doesn’t come out, check the underside. You may be able to use it bottom side up. If it doesn’t work for your countertop you’ll still get some usable content from it. It just isn’t the gold mine your friend is looking for.

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