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12-15-2017 03:53 PM

Hello, A friend of mine just recently gave me a whole barn that I can tear down and salvage all of the lumber. I cut the ends off of a few boards for a sample. Any help on the type of wood this is would be much appreciated.
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#1 posted 12-15-2017 03:58 PM

Sorry but I forgot to mention that I live in upper East Tennessee. May be helpful on the ID

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#2 posted 12-15-2017 04:00 PM

sure looks like oak to me

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#3 posted 12-15-2017 04:02 PM

I would venture to say chestnut, and say how lucky you are! How old was the barn?

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#4 posted 12-15-2017 05:06 PM

Thanks for the reply. He said the barn was around 100 years old.

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#5 posted 12-15-2017 05:20 PM

A cleaner cut on the end grain would help.

Looks oakey to me.

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#6 posted 12-15-2017 05:28 PM

The end grain pictures showing the ray do scream oak, the face shots say something to me which is elm. In the vertical section of the face the rays are not apparent and you wouldn’t typically get bug damage that far into the hart wood in oak but you could expect it in elm, plus the feathery flame and the color makes me think elm.

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#7 posted 12-15-2017 05:47 PM

I’ll try to get some photos soon. Kinda confusing but not matter what type of wood it is it’s still awesome

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#8 posted 12-15-2017 05:56 PM

If it’s anything other than Alder, I’d say chestnut. The age and look is right. But… how hard is it and how heavy? If the answer to each is ‘very,’ then I’d stray more towards the oak crowd.

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#9 posted 12-15-2017 06:05 PM

Dammit. It’s alder. 100%.

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#10 posted 12-15-2017 06:24 PM

When I zoom in on the shots it looks as if the “rays” (which I now enclose with the old quotation marks) with their fishy correspondence to the fissures at the surface are no rays at all but they are bleeding from the surface. It only strengthens my idea that you have elm in your hands.

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#11 posted 12-15-2017 06:27 PM

Looks like chestnut to me as well.

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#12 posted 12-15-2017 06:38 PM

I took a couple more photos of the two boards that I took from the barn. Could they be 2 different types of wood?

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#13 posted 12-15-2017 06:44 PM

how hard is it and how heavy?

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#14 posted 12-15-2017 06:57 PM

Well the first piece is 6”x20” and weighs about 2lb and the 2nd piece is 10”x12” and weighs about 2lb. They are both around 3/4” or so thick. If these old scales are right. I really appreciate all the replies.

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#15 posted 12-15-2017 08:55 PM

If the measurements and weight of the first board are accurate, it probably leans toward oak or elm and not chestnut. Red Oak is 44 lb/cu ft. Elm is 38 lb/cu ft. Chestnut is 30 lbs/cu ft. Your first board comes in at 38 lbs. Because of variations in water content and individual boards, I’m not sure I would take the 38 = 38 argument to say it is for sure elm.

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