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Elizabeth

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04-04-2013 03:42 PM

I’m terrible at IDing wood. A house a few streets away is offering this for free. I’m not sure it’s worth taking, as it’s getting rained on today and left some kind of sticky resin on my hands when I lifted a piece yesterday. Does anyone know what it is? (I’m in western Oregon.)


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#1 posted 04-04-2013 04:00 PM

Im no expert, or even smart for that matter, but it doesnt look like pine to me. Could it be black locust?

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 04:02 PM

I’m not an expert on this Elizabeth but myself depending on what others say be it pine or not I’ve worked with Pine and I tend to stay away from it as it is bad about leaving a very bad and a lot of residue on blades especially bandsaw blades.

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 04:03 PM

I don’t think so Chrisstef…the bark doesn’t match pictures of Black Locust on Google.

I’d have grabbed some yesterday if it wasn’t for the sap, I don’t really want to gum up my machines if I don’t have to… maybe I just need to learn how to un-gum them.

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 04:06 PM

Some times you can find out by the bark and this web site

http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu/edge-farm/Woods/odnr-property_walk_Jan_20_2009/TOC.html

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 04:07 PM

Randy, yeah, that was the main reason I walked away yesterday (while trying to scrub my hands into a non-sticky state). Pine is cheap enough locally that I can get dry stuff no problem.

Jim, I’m checking out that link now, thanks!

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 04:09 PM

Elizabeth my experience with cutting pine and that’s the only time I’ve ever had a problem was that it was a pain to scrape off the bandsaw blade as for as a power saw blades I don’t think you have much worry.

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 04:47 PM

Pretty sure that’s some kind of spruce.

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 05:47 PM

More specifically I think that might be either Engelmann or Sitka Spruce, which are apparently good tonewoods. Snag it and find a luthier.

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 06:45 PM

I agree with Kreegan… my neighbor took down a tree that looks similar to this and he said it was a spruce, but sorry not sure what specific kind…

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 07:00 PM

OK…so if I were to take this wood, what is the least sappy way of dealing with it? Should I cut off all the bark before milling it into boards on my bandsaw? Would that take most of the sap out of the picture?

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 07:25 PM

If it is spruce, it’s a baby. Growth rings aren’t numerous or tight enough for a good sound board.

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 07:52 PM

Arizona cypress. Cupressus arizonica

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