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Forum topic by JohnEinNJ posted 08-05-2012 03:39 PM 995 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2012 03:39 PM

I bought a used wooden playset for the lumber, thinking it was redwood. Woops. When I cut into it, it became clear that it’s not. The seller swears that it’s a Rainbow playset, and their website says they use redwood, cedar, douglas fir, and something from China called cunninghamia. It’s quite aromatic, but smells sweeter and more pungent than the cedar I’m used to from closets and chests. A lot of it is pretty white, but there is some color: see picture below. Any help identifying? If it is cunninghamia, anyone care to comment on experience building stuff from it?

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 01:48 AM

I think that it is cedar. Not the aromatic red kind. It is rather soft and has open grain.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 02:22 AM

Does it smell like a pencil ?
It looks like Cedar from here..Certainly not Aromatic Cedar though.
Here’s a link to the Chinese Fir being called Chinese Cedar when imported to USA.

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