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r33tc0w

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04-01-2017 07:18 PM

Picked up 15, 8×1x10 boards last weekend for $100, most in good shape from a salvage warehouse – what is this wood?

-- Matthew 13:53-58


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#1 posted 04-01-2017 08:31 PM

What’s it smell like?

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#2 posted 04-01-2017 09:04 PM

from that color looks like cherry. Not aromatic cedar

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#3 posted 04-01-2017 09:12 PM

Ya I forgot to mention it has no smell to it except the smell of musty warehouse even after I planed a couple strokes off it

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#4 posted 04-01-2017 09:56 PM

I intend to use these planks for 2 barndoors in our bedroom but I’m a noob when it comes to finishing. If this is cherry, I understand it patinas with little ease but I would rather keep the age and roughness on it. What’s the best way to finish this out in that regard?

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#5 posted 04-01-2017 10:13 PM

Looks like redwood to me.

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#6 posted 04-01-2017 10:19 PM

Cut off an small end of a lighter piece and put it on a window sill in the sun. Cover half of it with a book or something. If the other half darkens appreciably over a period of a few days then it’s probably cherry.

That planed piece you’ve got on top exposed the lightness. Cherry is like that. It Ages nicely and often doesn’t need staining. It’s beautiful like it is.

BTW, Cherry here in Maine is a little over $4/bf. Each of your boards is 6.6 bf or about $27each at that rate… times 15 boards that’s over $400.

Two years ago Rocklers here had cherry boards at a ridiculously low $1.47/bf. I bought a lot of them and built my kitchen with them. Today I wish I’d purchased the entire load.

Anyway, great buy…. Use them wisely.

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#7 posted 04-02-2017 02:33 AM

Redwood

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#8 posted 04-02-2017 02:52 AM

Not cherry.
where do you get Cherry for 4/bdft?

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#9 posted 04-02-2017 12:57 PM



Not cherry.
where do you get Cherry for 4/bdft?

- pontic


best price I have found is in Lynchburg, Va. 2.75/bf for less than 8” wide, 3.50/bf for 8” to 12” wide. Independent sawyer who does it cause he likes to. https://lynchburg.craigslist.org/mat/6055309274.html

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#10 posted 04-02-2017 01:16 PM

Grain is verrrrrry wide for cherry, but I agree on the darkening test to double check.

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#11 posted 04-02-2017 01:25 PM

You got a great deal :)
I agree with Aj2 …. I’d guess Redwood.
Without a protective finish redwood will loose its “pink” and move toward gray/brown with time and sun exposure.
Its a beautiful lumber in all its stages. Good luck with your doors.
Jay

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#12 posted 04-02-2017 02:25 PM

Looks like cherry to me.

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#13 posted 04-02-2017 04:27 PM



Not cherry.
where do you get Cherry for 4/bdft?

- pontic

I bought 500bf of cherry for 3/bf here in PA. :)

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#14 posted 04-02-2017 05:28 PM

r33 -

Looks like a tie between cherry and redwood :)

So take a piece of “known” cherry and your “unknown” lumber and do a thumbnail test. If it is redwood you’ll find the “unknown” lumber to be softer then the “known” cherry control piece. Also, Redwood will have a much more open grain, a courser texture at the surface and have less shine when planed with a shape blade.

Good luck.

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#15 posted 04-02-2017 05:37 PM

I agree with Jimbo looks like redwood to me.

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