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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 06-23-2011 05:53 PM 1075 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2011 05:53 PM

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I found an old 2×4 in the barn. Not sure of the wood type. Planes nice. NOT pine. A couple of pics:

Maybe a Chestnut?

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 07:21 PM

Looks like chestnut.. especially as wormy as it is

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 07:32 PM

Looks like chestnut to me.

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 07:51 PM

I found a couple old rafters( ???) in the barn. Stuff planes by hand real nice. Well dried out, no warp. When I was resawing , there was some burn marks. Aslo, it was weird to see little sawdust gysers coming out the sides of the wood. Now comes the hard part, how to finish this stuff? The aprons are some white oak I reawed from a couple of pallet runners. The corner blocks are poplar, also from pallet runners. Tablesaw got a workout the other day, since that is how I have to do any resawing.

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 07:59 PM

Looks like wormy chestnut to me also. I had a small amount of it once and found that it burns easily if cut too slowly. After sanding out the burns marks I finished it with Deft Brushing Lacquer. I understand it is expensive wood.

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 12:46 AM

I would say American chestnut too. I built the steamer trunk in my gallery with it. There is a picture there of the trunk before it was finished so you can make a comparison.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 10:44 AM

Yes, of course it is expensive. Since the chestnut blight got imported around 1900 and killed all the American chestnuts by the 1950s it is a pretty rare wood. About the only source I know of is old barns, which were often sided with chestnut due to its excellent resistance to weather.

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