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08-13-2013 05:31 AM

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Hey all, a friend of mine gave me a few boards of this wood, he didn’t know what it was buts its really nice. Its a dense, light colored wood with golden brown stripes see picture… I’ve looked online but I can’t find anything that looks like it except for Zebrawood but not even close in color.. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-13-2013 05:59 AM

If it is piney, it’s gonna most likely be Heart pine, or Loblolly. Which will usually be somewhat denser and definatly heavier than the yellow pine cousin. If it is soft and has a carroty scent it could be old growth cypress, but a few more pictures would be helpful to a lot of the guys that are really good at wood identification.

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 10:45 AM

First guess….Quarter sawn Douglas-fir.

The color seems off for yellow pine.
A closer look at the end grain would determine which one….the late wood of yellow pine end grain has tiny white flecks in it, while the Douglas-fir doesn’t.

Your location could be somewhat of an indicator as well.,%20douglas.htm,%20yellow.htm

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 12:22 PM

It is a softwood for sure, either a pine or douglas fir. Southern yellow pine would be heavier than douglas fir. If it is dense, then it is southern yellow pine. There are 4 commercial species, shortleaf, loblolly, slash, and longleaf. Loblolly is by far the most common. You cannot tell them apart from the wood characteristics.

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#4 posted 08-13-2013 01:15 PM

How wide is that board? Whatever it is, it wasn’t grown on a plantation. It looks to be for of old growth stuff. Good quality wood there.

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#5 posted 08-13-2013 01:17 PM

+1 quartersawn douglas fir

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#6 posted 08-13-2013 01:28 PM

My first impression seeing the pics was Douglas Fir, as well.

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#7 posted 08-13-2013 01:54 PM

A couple of things, I called my buddy and he is sure it’s a hardwood not a softwood, Im pretty sure its not a pine variant because its so hard and dense and very heavy. The boards are 8/4 which also suggests hardwood. I kept looking online and I was thinking it looks like Western Larch, just as a side note I am in California incase location helps with the wood type. I am adding a couple more pictures see if they help…
Thanks you guys for all your suggestions.

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#8 posted 08-13-2013 01:59 PM

Looks like Douglas Fir.

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#9 posted 08-13-2013 02:26 PM

My vote would be vertical grain Fir.

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#10 posted 08-13-2013 02:48 PM

Cool everybody seams to think its Douglas Fir… thats what I will go with… Its very pretty cant wait to use it! Thanks Everybody for helping this noob!

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#11 posted 08-13-2013 04:17 PM

This looks like a bull pine to me. Very heavy, oily and harder than most other pine family. But, it could be Douglas as well.


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#12 posted 08-13-2013 04:26 PM

Given the very abrupt finish to each of the growth rings and the lack of visible, multiseriate rays, I’ll say Douglas-fir or one of the other Pseudotsuga species (uncommon.) Not a “hardwood” but a conifer for sure.
Not old growth, the rings are far too uneven. The larches (Larix sp) or the pines don’t usually display such intense color contrast changes between the early wood and late wood.

I’ve seen a couple of end-grain cutting boards which really, really took advantage of the end grain pattern.
Much more interesting to me to look at than the usual 6 different hardwoods.

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#13 posted 08-13-2013 04:41 PM

I am curious, why can’t old growth have uneven growth rings?

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#14 posted 08-13-2013 05:18 PM

IMHO It is douglas fir or pirahna pine or oregon pine. Alistair

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#15 posted 08-13-2013 06:42 PM

Douglas fir, and if so, when you work it you’ll be in splinter city.

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