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Forum topic by Hayes1212 posted 02-04-2012 06:51 AM 1562 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2012 06:51 AM

These woods were reclaimed from an early 1900’s cabin in southwest Virginia. My wife’s aunt bought the land and was going to have the building torn down because it was in very bad shape. I told her I would take the wood that was salvagable. I ran some through the planer and put mineral oil on it to help see the grain. I am not very good at identifying wood so I thought you guys might be able to help me out. I believe the first pic is some kind of walnut, the second I was told may be chestnut, and I am not sure about the wood in the third pic. Thank you guys in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 05:07 PM

Well, I will take a guess that the last one is pine. I also think there is a chance the frst one is pine too. No clue on the second one. At least I will bump the thread back to the top. Maybe you can get more help. Good luck.

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 06:22 PM

I’ll roll out a guess: heart pine. Which I just lobbed over the net to someone else…



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#3 posted 02-04-2012 09:38 PM

Lee: i googled heart pine and found some pics that look fairly similiar to the last picture I posted so that may very well be it.

I am fairly confident the middle pic is wormy chestnut. Now if I could just figure out what the top wood is. I plan on making gifts out of some of the wood and would love to know and be able to tell the recipient what it is made out of. Anyone else have any guesses?

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 09:54 PM

If the top pic gets a bit lighter color with more planing i’d say it’s cypress. Sure has the grain of it. The last piece can be long leaf pine (Heart pine) or douglas fir. The heavy weight and rosin content gumming up blades would be the dead giveaway it’s the former.

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#5 posted 02-04-2012 10:49 PM

I often do not know what wood I am using, so I attach a small note, “But I mostly build boxes from scraps and cut offs, and wood that people have given me. (That is why I cannot say for sure what species of wood it is.) No trees were cut down to make your box!”

People seem to appreciate that.

So you might include a similar description- “Reclaimed from old farm house, this wood is surely over a century old”.... you get the idea. Make that wood sound special just BECAUSE you can not identify it!

I do agree that last one is pine, especially given it came from Virginia. Southern Yellow Pine- looks just like some my FIL used to make blocks for my kid. I am not so sure the top one is pine, you may be right with your guess of walnut, if walnut is not treated or kiln dried it has a different color.

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 01:00 AM

Ill chime in for a cypress vote on the first one … looks like a dead ringer for the bench i completed a year ago.

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