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Forum topic by Ted78 posted 03-13-2017 08:50 AM 512 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2017 08:50 AM

I live in Nebraska, and while modern construction lumber here is sold as Spruce/Pine/Fir, it’s mostly pine, but old garages and houses built before 1930 or so are almost exclusively built out of a much darker more brown less yellow wood. It is a soft wood, quite a bit heavier than modern lumber, but not much harder. It is this color throughout it doesn’t look like modern construction lumber if you saw it in half so I don’t think it’s just turned more brown with age, but at the same time I can’t think of any trees that grow around here that produce this brown wood. It’s something I’ve known my whole life, old garages and houses have brown raters and newer ones have yellow rafters. I’d never given much thought until I was building some tables out of some used wood and seeing them together. the peice below the hammer is typical. Any thoughts or insights?


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#1 posted 03-13-2017 11:55 AM

Probably douglas fir.

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#2 posted 03-13-2017 01:36 PM

Possibly the brown tint come from some sort of (older method of) pressure treating?

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#3 posted 03-13-2017 03:53 PM

WDHLT15 Does fir darken with age, or maybe from fumes inside a garage or house? I know fir is darker than pine but in the picture the hammer head is resting a skinny piece of pine and the handle is resting on a board that is about what I think of as the color of fir.

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