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Paul

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688 days ago

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Hello folks!

Well I was lucky enough to come into some old barn wood from my wifes family and would like an ID if possible :) I can only assume its from stuff in Central TX so Oak or Pine maybe?

Also I have attached what looks like termite damage however it is not “spongy” at all ... Do you guys think that all of them are dead? Should I even chance using this as decoration in my house?

I spent the day scraping these with a wire brush and I like what I see on the back side :) I love seeing the saw marks :)

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX


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john

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#1 posted 688 days ago

Probably Hemlock ! Most barns were built from hemlock .

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#2 posted 688 days ago

Cool! I never knew that Hemlock was found in TX hehe.

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 687 days ago

Certainly a softwood, the way the soft has worn away.

Some bugs can be killed by wrapping the wood in black plastic and leaving it outside in the heat. Anybody know what kind of duration for the incarceration?

Kindly,

Lee

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WDHLT15

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#4 posted 687 days ago

It is old growth southern yellow pine. Probably loblolly, but could be longleaf. The wood of both is indistinguishable from each other.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 687 days ago

My guess would be pine.

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#6 posted 687 days ago

Hemlock

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#7 posted 687 days ago

Southern yellow pine, see how the soft wood has eroded between the harder rings.

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treaterryan

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#8 posted 686 days ago

It Southern Yellow Pine as Wood-Mizer said.

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WDHLT15

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#9 posted 686 days ago

Southern yellow pine has resin canals that you can see as a sprinkling of larger pore openings in the cross section. Page 8 of this publication shows the resin canals in southern yellow pine. Hemlock does not have resin canals. That will help you separate hemlock from pine.

http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2606.pdf

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#10 posted 686 days ago

Awesome thanks folks!

Now the Termite/bug question

These have been sitting in the Texas sun for lord knows how many years. Is the termite damage on these cause for alarm? do you guys even think that they are alive? Lee Above mentioned putting them in black bags in the sun?

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 686 days ago

I’d be more worried about powder-post beatles than termites. Termites usually go for a wood that still has sap in it. I doubt that there is any digestable sap left in this wood. The beatles, on the other hand, can survive for years. Leave a piece somewhere very clean, in a reasonable temperature, like maybe on concrete in a steel building, and see if any wood dust forms anywhere on the floor or around and on the wood. If it does in a couple weeks, you have insects.

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#12 posted 686 days ago

and THIS is why I love LJ :-D

Thank you all!!

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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#13 posted 686 days ago

Go ahead and make a spectacular piece out of this oldie!

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