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Forum topic by alexdom_89 posted 05-28-2012 04:17 PM 854 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2012 04:17 PM

ok so the story is boring but i was offer this wood by a retired doctor that had bought some old homes in philadelphia and brought them all the was to the rgv. all of this wood was from an old home dated about 1904 or earlier. these are short and long planks and framing beams all the beams are about 15-20 feet long i was only able to pick up a few boards since i didnt have my trailer but am wondering what kind of wood it really is!! here are a few pictures to help!!

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 05:18 PM

i was thinking pine. the other boards resemble fir but this is a mixed lot

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 08:02 PM

Looks like old growth fir to me ;’-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 12:26 PM

Look at the end grain. If there are resin canals present it is likely douglas fir. If they are not present, it is likley one of the true firs. This PDF files explains what resin canals look like and which softwood have them. The pines and spruces also have them, but that wood does not look like pine. It looks like vertical grain douglas fir or one of the true firs.

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 12:49 PM

I’m with everyone else on this one….......and if it is fir, it is sold as “straight grain fir.

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 12:51 PM

Yeah, it looks a lot like some old growth fir I have that is also from roughly the same time period. Some of my old growth pine looks really, really similar.

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