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10-10-2013 04:02 PM

I was just salvaging some wood from a couple of old doors. I don’t know too much about identifying different wood species, so hopefully someone could shed light on what I have. Thanks


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#1 posted 10-10-2013 04:11 PM

Looks like some sort of old-growth pine or fir. Kind of hard to tell from the pictures. Can you get a closer one of the face grain?

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 04:19 PM

I wet the grain to help.

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 04:37 PM

Douglas Fir?

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 04:39 PM

looks like fir to me.

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 04:45 PM

Is there any use that this wood would be best suited for?

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#6 posted 10-10-2013 05:45 PM

Yes… a door. :-)

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 06:59 PM

On the simple side, but since it’s probably quite stable and will machine well, I’d use them for picture frames.

You probably know that fir isn’t a “show” wood like other hardwoods, so using it as the main parts of furniture is out (nevermind that fir is too soft for fine furniture). You could use it inside the case of something like a dresser for structure if nothing else. Depends how much you have, really.

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#8 posted 10-10-2013 07:45 PM

Vertical grain fir was used for flooring quite a bit. Im building, well its stalled out at the moment, a work bench using reclaimed VG fir.

Yours is some nice tight grained old growth stuff. I like it.

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 01:15 AM

That QS old growth Doug Fir is what I have made almost all of my “tall folding chairs” from. It is attractive and has held up well in this application.

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