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mporter

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323 days ago

Not aromatic, has no knots and is not very dense. I believe it is a western species.


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#1 posted 323 days ago

Not much to go on but it is a very nice board. Here’s a link that you will find helpful, I get lost there. It’s a wood workers wonderland and great resource for species identification.
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/#letterA

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#2 posted 323 days ago

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#3 posted 323 days ago

If no aromatics, definitely not western red cedar.

But it is a softwood of some sort. Hard to tell from the pics – how accurate is the color representation?

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 323 days ago

Might check to see if its Douglas Fir. Growth rings appear to be equal. High elevation?
Not quite dark enough to be Red Wood?

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#5 posted 323 days ago

Ok some more info:

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? 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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#6 posted 323 days ago

Color in the pics is almost dead on-if anything the wood is darker than shown in the pics.

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#7 posted 323 days ago

Sure looks like doug fir…native around where I live.

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#8 posted 323 days ago

Looks like cedar to me ( not red cedar)

+1 for Deycart

Check your local BORG for in the siding section for matching wood (rough Cedar)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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mporter

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#9 posted 323 days ago

If it is cedar then how are all the signs not grayish in color after sitting in the sun for years? The pics of that cedar look dead on though

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#10 posted 323 days ago

Another vote for fir.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 323 days ago

I have rough cedar Siding on my house. Been there for 40 years no graying...

Just gets Darker with age similar to this pic

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#12 posted 323 days ago

All other things aside. It looks like western red cedar to me. I live in Missouri and have WRC siding on my house. It never gets rained on due to large overhangs. The siding is 13 years old, has no treatment at all and is as red as can be. Like Daddyz, my cedar has just gotten darker red over the years.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#13 posted 323 days ago

Alright-then that’s what I am going with. Anyone know what clear western cedar goes for a board foot?

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#14 posted 323 days ago

Just looked at Lowe’s. 2*6 by 10’ was $17. Assuming yours is better quality I would say maybe $2bf.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#15 posted 322 days ago

western red cedar is used a lot for fencing so it cannot be very expensive. Are you sure this is not redwood?

-- In God We Trust

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