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Forum topic by BryanFaz posted 01-12-2017 12:55 AM 554 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2017 12:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question wood id

This is my first entry on your blog…forgive me when I make rookie mistakes. We built a bar and cabinets
11 years ago in my basement…the cabinets were made from barn wood as was the bar top. We never could identify the wood. I would appreciate any and all ideas as to what type of wood this is. Both the cabinets (doors and drawers) and bar top were made with this wood. All were of course planed, sanded, and finished with shellac. I will post pictures of the finished cabinet (doors and drawers), and the bar top. I’m not sure if I have many pics of the end grain…other than on the end of the stiles on the cabinet doors. We also used the unfinished barn wood to make the outside of the bar…pics will be provided.

Here are my pics of the cabinet doors, drawers, bar top, end grain of a stile, and original wood on bar. Thanks for all your help!!!

Again, I apologize for my obvious omissions. Unintentional.

Thanks!!!
BryanFaz


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#1 posted 01-12-2017 01:16 AM

I would guess oak.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 01:26 AM

We live in Western Kentucky…oak is quite prevalent here.

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 01:30 AM

Looks lik white oak to me. I don’t know why some of the grain is so “dark” unless it’s just where it is really old an mayb portions were penitrated by water for many years. Either way it look awesome

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 01:46 AM

Thank you JCamp…very kind. I can’t take much credit…I had a close friend oversee the entire project. But I’m pretty good at taking a barn down now. And I am very proud of the bar top and cabinets.

The picture may not show it, but, the wood is fairly tight grained. We had quite a bit of oak in the other part of the project…installing barn wood wainscoting throughout the basement. There was quite a difference between the planed oak and the bar top/cabinet wood (planed). I may have to try and find a piece of this wood that isn’t finished and take a picture…if I have any of it left. Again…it’s been 11 years.

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 02:07 AM

I would for you to post the whole project. What I see is amazing. I have agree about oak. It looks fantastic!

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#6 posted 01-12-2017 02:19 AM

Thank you BurlyBob. The cabinets and bar top were the only pieces of barn wood that we planed…and they came from one barn. Most of the boards were rather wide. Some 15” wide…rather unusual. I will take a few more pics, including the wainscoting, and post tomorrow. Appreciate the interest.

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#7 posted 01-12-2017 03:50 AM

First thought was oak. Many sections show what appears to be wind shake damage where some of the texture shows through. Beautiful.

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#8 posted 01-12-2017 11:26 PM

Just now back online. Wow…did I make a mistake. I talked to my friend who oversaw this project…the real woodworker. And he reminded me that the rails and stiles ARE made from old oak barn wood. I totally forgot. the wood we couldn’t identify is the panels in the doors, and, the bar top. This wood is a soft wood, closed grain. I am so sorry for the confusion. I will try and find a piece of it unfinished…maybe that will help. Or, perhaps I can take an even closer picture of the panels. Thanks again for the comments!!!!

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#9 posted 01-13-2017 07:53 PM

I cant help identifying the bar top wood, but that is one awesome bartop! I think a few of us would like to see more pictures of the whole bar as the doors are pretty wicked,too.

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#10 posted 01-13-2017 08:01 PM

Once again thank you for your kind words. I’ve been trying to find a piece or cutoff of the wood we used…and am striking out. I will take pics of the entire bar…and a few of the wainscoting tonight. And some close ups of the bar top and door panels. Thanks again to everyone for your interest.

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#11 posted 01-13-2017 11:39 PM

Ok…let’s try this again. Here are pics of entire project which includes the entire bar, cabinet door panels and sections (grain), bar top…and, pics of the wainscoting including column wrap. I will try to insert these with description(s).

These first 4 pics are of the front, side and top of the bar.

These next two are of the bar top…hopefully showing the closed grain.

The next three are pics of the cabinets.

The next three are front pics of a door panel…with two closeups of the grain.

These next four are pics of the rear of panel doors with a better display of the wood grain.

And, finally (ha), here are three pictures of the wainscoting.

Please allow me to reiterate…the mystery we are trying to solve is what is the barn wood on the bar top, and the cabinet door panels (and its the same wood). The rails and styles are oak (barn wood). The bar top and panels can be described as closed grain, and a soft wood. We live in Western Kentucky by the way.

Enjoy, thank you, and God Bless!!!!

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#12 posted 01-13-2017 11:52 PM

That’s just an amazing project. I’m drooling a little. Lol. Anyway. Is there a chance that the wood that is in question could b pine? It doesn’t have the knots like a lot of pine now has but u said there were some pretty wide boards so mayb the trees back when the barn was built were allowed to mature longer than the trees are now. Any idea how old the barn was? Also u wouldn’t happen to hav a piece that’s been planed down but not stained would u?

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#13 posted 01-14-2017 12:11 AM

Thanks JCamp! I have searched my wood bins and haven’t yet been able to find a piece of that wood. but i’m still looking. I do know where the old barn is…and it’s somehow still standing. If I have to I’ll go get a board…and hope barn doesn’t fall on me. HA. And…there is a resemblance of this wood to pine. Especially the grain and hardness/softness character.

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#14 posted 01-14-2017 01:15 AM

When I bought my place there was an old 26×36 barn. It was to far gone for repair so I tore the roof an trusses off. The posts that were in the ground had rotted off at the ground. I figured if I took all the board an batton siding off it would just fall down. Well it didn’t. As a matter of fact I about never got it pulled down even with my truck. Lol. Old timers knew how to build stuff

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#15 posted 01-14-2017 01:42 AM

I don’t doubt that a bit. I had a nearly identical experience with the barn that was “given” to me to strip for the wainscoting, and, take down when done. I had to chainsaw the corner legs…then pull it over/down. It was fun. BTW, the bar top/cabinet panel wood also exhibited some similarities to poplar…grain, hardness, etc. I had some poplar boards in the main barn…but the wood in question was slightly different. Naturally, 11 years later I can’t put my finger on what they were. Sure wish I had done this 11 years ago. Still looking for unfinished boards. :)

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