What wood doesn't turn gray outside?

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Forum topic by mporter posted 09-10-2013 12:13 AM 1197 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2013 12:13 AM

I just bought some old wood signs that were used outside for the university and a state park in Missouri. I thought they were pine, but then I realized that they have been sitting in the sun for 50 years or so and are not gray at all. I planed a board down and the wood is medium brown and is not aromatic. The wood also has no knots in it. Anyone know what it could be? I will work on posting a pic of the wood. I know identification requires a picture. Either way I got such a good price on it I don’t think I could have went wrong on the deal. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 12:14 AM

Oh I forgot to say that it is defantly not a species found in MO.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 12:48 AM

Pictures would help.

-- Joel

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#3 posted 09-12-2013 02:06 PM

Since they haven’t degraded after 50 years of being outside, I’d guess redwood or western cedar. They typically would have been used for signs 50 years ago. I look forward to seeing the photos.

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#4 posted 09-12-2013 02:13 PM

+1 to all post so far.

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#5 posted 09-13-2013 12:44 PM

I am interested in the answer to your question. I have always been told that ALL wood turns gray over time.

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#6 posted 09-13-2013 05:01 PM

If it’s aromatic I would think it could be Cedar, which is often used for roof shingles and turns gray from the sun, but is very durable.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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