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Forum topic by AngieO posted 04-23-2013 01:51 AM 2082 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2013 01:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood question planer love

Hey! It’s me… AGAIN! I was working in the shop today and I found these two boards.

Wait… First let me say….. I HAVE A PLANER!!! It is the new ‘love of my life’ (right behind my kids of course…LOL). That thing is STINKIN awesome!!! I love it!!!

So… anyhow… back to my story… I was playing around with the ‘love of my life’ in the shop today and I found some interesting wood. This first one is the one I wanted to plane down to see what was under all the yuck. The second one I think was an old piece of barn wood that my daughter wanted to plane. I don’t know what either one is. I guess I need to get on google and fine me a chart to show me what the different kinds of wood are.

These are all from my haul I got a couple of weekends ago. All free.

In this pic it looks kinda purple… but I thought it looked more red.

Here’s another pic that was taken outside. Looks like a different board almost.

And here is the barn wood that Bre picked to play with. Here are two pics of before.

And… why this thing is the ‘love of my life’. Here is how beautiful it looks now.

There must be something wrong with me. LOL… but I’m so stinkin in love with that tool. And in love with the results it produces.

So… can anyone tell me what kind of wood this is?

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 01:59 AM

Be careful dear lady,
Planer blades are expensive and it doesn’t take much to nick one.

Glad you got some nice wood and a planer! New stuff is always fun!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 02:01 AM

The first one looks like black walnut and the other looks like some kind of cedar siding, but not Eastern red cedar.

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 02:01 AM

black walnut and yellow pine.

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 02:05 AM

ya know I think wkljr is right on the cedar. western red

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 02:06 AM

I had a good friend come over and show me a lot about the planer. Then he came back over and helped me set mine up. He cut himself at least once on them.

You really think it could be yellow pine? I planed a bunch of pine and this is a dark brown.

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 02:08 AM

Angie, The first board looks like walnut to me.
Congrat’s on the new planer! Be carful of metal, stones and any other objects in the wood when planning old boards. If your planning to do a lot of old board planning you might want to invest in a metal detector.
Don’t stand behind the planer when planning.

a1Jim, posted this web site a while back. It might be of some help to you!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 02:09 AM

Does the cedar you guys are talking about have any aroma? This has none.

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 02:14 AM


+1 Dallas... any debris that might have been on the barn wood would nick your new planer blades

+1 jcsterling...looks like walnut for sure and I think it’s yellow pine for the other

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 02:16 AM

+1 on wlkjr. Black walnut and (probably red) cedar. You can tell a lot by smell. Cedar has a pungent smell that is almost sharp in my nose. It should remind you of a cedar closet. Walnut has a rich odor tending toward sweet. Walnut has a toxin that makes some people react and walnut sawdust makes good pet bedding (under a blanket) because it repels bugs. Walnut shavings should not be used in a horse stall because it reacts to horse urine releasing a gas that is poisonous to horses, harmless to everything else. Walnut is precious and was used a lot in very fine furniture and as such is in the same class as mahogany. It responds to tooling well, and is especially nice to carve. Cedar is soft but great for outdoor furniture because it is so rot resistant.

Yes. You are walking through a cow pasture running used lumber through a power planer. Sooner or later you’re going to step in it. That generally means a new set of blades prematurely, either from nasty nicks or the very aggressive wear caused by dirt. I’ve noticed that a lot of LJ’ers here plane their used lumber by hand to avoid the expensive planer repairs. Just be careful to get as much dirt off as you can. I won’t run used lumber through my planer, even if I had replaceable carbide insert head. I’ve had too many expensive repairs in spite of my best “cleaning” efforts.

Congratulations! Best of luck.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#10 posted 04-23-2013 02:19 AM

AngieO... Western Red Cedar is not aromatic….While Eastern Red Cedar is…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 04-23-2013 02:19 AM

woodshaver… that’s a great help. I bookmarked it. Also… my friend talked to e about getting a wand. I checked the wood over pretty good.

I will NEVER stand behind the planer when planing. LOL. He drilled that into my head and told me some stories that will make sure I never will.

I planed down a bunch of pine after the barn wood. I didn’t notice it had any affect on the blades.

Am I missing something? I have all kinds of pine. Some that I would have thought was yellow pine. This board looks MUCH darker. Maybe I should get a better pic of it.

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#12 posted 04-23-2013 02:27 AM

I agree with #1 being walnut but the last one could be redwood. If it were cedar you would defiantly smell it for sure.

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#13 posted 04-23-2013 02:35 AM

I had a really nice stack of cedar. My shop still smells like it. Even with my stuffy nose

I am a youtube fanatic. I love to watch youtube videos on woodworking. WoodWhisperer, Steve Ramsey WWMM, Colin Knecht, Mathias Wandel, John Heisz, A guy from here who’s site is called SailingandSuch and stumpynubs… just to name a few. I’ve watched video after video. And plenty of random videos about planers. I’ve wanted one since last summer so I’ve kinda done my homework. Plus I’ve had two really good teachers. I do appreciate the concern…. I’m sure I will make mistakes and end up having to replace blades. I guess it comes with the territory. I’m just glad that I have friends to help me along… including you guys. :)

So if western red cedar isn’t aromatic then it could be it. There is no smell to it at all, that I can tell. But I also wondered if it could be redwood after looking at that chart.

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#14 posted 04-23-2013 02:40 AM

You aren’t in the right geo-zone but it looks like douglas fir.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 04-23-2013 02:53 AM

AngieO...Both types of cedar will have an aroma when freshly cut. Western’s aroma will fade rather quickly, but on the other hand Eastern Red Cedar is the aromatic type. Eastern Red Cedar is used to line closets and such to prevent moths..
With everyone’s posts, I may be wrong about the yellow pine….I’m not sure about it now….Walnut for sure for the other one…..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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