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Forum topic by hansman1982 posted 10-29-2013 08:54 AM 1317 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2013 08:54 AM

This comes from a barn in Iowa that was built sometime betwee 1880 and 1900. Underneath the grey patina there was a gorgeous red color that gradually faded to a light yellow interior. It is on the light side of average and incredibly tough to sand. Compared to pine it took the same stain but a touch darker and a little red.

With minwax dark walnut stain.

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#1 posted 10-29-2013 10:42 AM

Looks like Douglas fir, it should be lightweight.

Does it stink real bad when you sand it?

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#2 posted 10-29-2013 11:51 AM

It didn’t.

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#3 posted 10-29-2013 04:01 PM

Kind of looks like ash.

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#4 posted 10-29-2013 08:43 PM

It doesn’t look like ash to me. Looks like some kind of softwood. Pine was my first thought, but I’m probably wrong.

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#5 posted 10-29-2013 08:56 PM

Fir or pine. Larch have the same pattern as well but sands nicely in my experience

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 01:35 AM

Looks like the Doug fir I salvaged from my dad’s barn.

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 01:52 AM

It is pine. Douglas fir never grows that fast.

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