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jduling

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04-13-2013 11:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood species id identification type

I am attempting to identify the wood species for boards that I recently discovered in a barn hay-mow floor. The only details that I know are that the wood boards are 12”-15” wide and were retrieved from a barn in the former black-swamp area of Northwest Ohio. Any suggestions on a species identification would be appreciated. Here are two photos. Please let me know if additional pictures would be helpful.
Regards,
Joshua


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#1 posted 04-13-2013 11:42 PM

Kinda hard to tell from those 2 pics, but it definitely looks like a hardwood. Is the first pic of the end-grain? If so, it kinda looks like white oak to me, but the second looks darker like cherry or walnut, maybe even mahogany. Some pictures in the sunlight would probably make it easier to guess…Although at 12-15 inches, it wouldn’t matter what it was if the price was right…..I’d be all over that

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 11:52 PM

Colour looks like a cherry or soft maple but the end grain looks less dense than those woods.

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 12:02 AM

looks like cherry to me.

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Don W

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 11:55 AM

Did you plane it or is that the way you found it? It looks a lot like aged cherry, but if its freshly planes it may be a little dark for cherry. That could just be the picture.

12-15” boards of any old hard wood if a great find. How many were there.

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WDHLT15

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 12:10 PM

If it is cherry, there will be some very white sapwood that is distinctive. Looks like maple or birch. It is a diffuse porous hardwood for sure, so that rules out oak, ash, hickory, elm, etc.

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

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jduling

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 11:15 PM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. The mow is 36’ x 80’ and after planing, the stock is just shy of 5/4” It’s a great find, and I wanted to get an understanding of what this is so I can determine a fair price to offer the gentleman that owns the barn. Taking a photo in the sunlight is a great idea, and I’ve attached one below. To get an idea of coloring, the board in question was placed between maple and red oak in the photograph. Appreciate your input.
Regards,
Joshua

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 11:46 PM

now that picture looks like birch. I no longer think its cherry at all.

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 03:07 PM

looks like birch to me from that pic

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#9 posted 07-18-2013 06:30 PM

When i picked up this wood, i thought it was oak, the person i got it from said it was cedar…its very heavu, and most of the boards are 12” wide. does anyone have an idea?

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#10 posted 07-18-2013 07:59 PM

That looks like antique heart/long leaf pine to me, but kind of hard to tell from the picture.

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WDHLT15

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#11 posted 07-19-2013 02:31 AM

It is a ring porous hardwood. Hard to tell, but it might be oak, ash, hickory, or even chestnut. Need a close-up pic of a clean slice of the end-grain.

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

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#12 posted 07-19-2013 02:58 AM

black swamp northwest ohio. that is where i am from. you must be talking about toledo or woodville area! obviously the species would be native to the area. wdhlt15 is right on with what he listed.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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