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Forum topic by Chris McDowell posted 08-11-2012 09:27 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris McDowell

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08-11-2012 09:27 PM

I’m a beginner, by the way, so bear with me…

About 3 years ago I got some scrap lumber from a trash pile at some new houses going up by my house. I’ve just recently started woodworking and have looked through it a little bit. I think that most of it is garbage for the fire this winter, but I made a picture frame out of a piece of it and wanted to make another one, so I was looking through it and found this:

I used a wet rag to see the color better.

It looks quite a bit different than all the other wood because of the gray streaks through it. Everything else I have is just yellowish in color.

Any help? If the gray color is spalting, does it keep spreading? Any particular finishing tips to bring out this color after I complete the picture frame?

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 09:51 PM

Looks like construction pine to me.

The coloring comes from moisture and being outside in the elements.

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#2 posted 08-11-2012 09:56 PM

Gotta bear in there somewhere?
Yep! Looks like pine to me.


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#3 posted 08-11-2012 10:16 PM

Easy enough. I figured it was, but it’s the only piece colored like it. Just wanted to check.


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#4 posted 08-12-2012 12:09 PM

Yes, looks like southern yellow pine. The bluish, grayish stain is caused by a fungus.

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#5 posted 08-12-2012 06:51 PM

Yup , weathered SYPine

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