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05-21-2011 07:37 PM

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I have a large piece of wood 18’ long by 4”x 8” looks red all the way through.
Had it for over 25 years very dry and straight like an arrow, has just a few little knots.
Don’t know if I should cut it for fire wood or do something else with it??

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 07:39 PM

Cut a piece off the end and let us see the inside.

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 07:40 PM

I have no idea what it is but I would use it for some projects not fire wood.

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 07:52 PM

You are not providing very good pictures to help us advise on what kind of wood it is. Charley is right. Cut the end off and let us see inside. I would also suggest that you plane or sand down some surface and give us a good close up view of the grain.

Has this piece been outside for 25 years?

Can you comment on how heavy it is?

This is only a wild A guess, but based on what I see, my first guess would be mahogany.

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 08:00 PM

Much more info needed. Could be anything at this stage. The frequency and size of knots along the whole length suggest something more like spruce or one of the softwoods. Let’s see inside. It’s the best way. Firewood! There’s a lot more you could do with this than firewood surely.

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 08:05 PM

I will cut a piece off, the weight I would say 250lbs. and it was never out side.
I say 250lbs because myself I have no problem lifting 200lbs and I try to lift it by myself and I could not.

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 08:08 PM

Someone called it BC fir?

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 08:17 PM

At first rough glance, I’d guess some sort of redwood. Once that stuff is dry, it’s very stable. I built a table top out of redwood in a way that shouldn’t have worked (by gluing long and cross grain surfaces together), and it has never busted because the wood doesn’t move much with the changes in Michigan humidity. I look forward to what everyone else here thinks once we have some more pictures.

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 08:52 PM

I guess douglas fir.

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#9 posted 05-21-2011 11:19 PM

My guess would be either California redwood or red cedar. The weight makes me think it’s more likely the redwood as cedar wouldn’t be that heavy.

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#10 posted 05-23-2011 04:58 AM

”I have no problem lifting 200lbs”

Dang GMman, you’re a beast!

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 03:06 PM

Well Dan in good shape you should be able to lift you own weight and I am over 200lbs.

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#12 posted 05-23-2011 03:16 PM

‘Wail… GMman that would make me one mighty dud, er I mean DUDE since I weigh in at ~225lb and frequently lift myself UP out of my chair to get a beer from the frig… but I digress.

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#13 posted 05-23-2011 05:29 PM

Mike you’re smaller than me, no beer, no fat. lol lol

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#14 posted 05-23-2011 09:41 PM

”If this is western red cedar it will smell like a pencil when you sand it.”
I’ve had some curly/birdseye Hawaiian Koa that smelled like a pencil when sanded…
That’s certainly not true of all Koa I’ve dealt with, and I’m pretty sure the board in question isn’t Koa.

The growth rings look rather tight, and it may have come from a very large tree. How hard is it? Could it perhaps be Sassafras?

I’m still thinkin’ Redwood, but there’s no argument from me on the Western Cedar guess either.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#15 posted 05-23-2011 10:06 PM

Uh, GMman, it would appear that rumors of your passing are greatly exaggerated…

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