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01-02-2014 10:08 PM

Could anyone identify this lumber. I’ve been told it is chestnut but I don’t know. The barn is about 100 years old. Thank you for the help.


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#1 posted 01-02-2014 10:15 PM

where is the barn located?

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 10:31 PM

Looks like red oak but white oak is a possibility or even chestnut. Can you post an endgrain view?

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 12:56 AM

has the hue of chestnut, could possibly hickory as well.

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 02:50 AM

Does look like chestnut. If it is, you will not be able to see the medullary rays on the end grain, like you see in oak.

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 09:02 PM

I know these are not the best pictures. I cut them off the end of the board, I can’t cut the 8”x8”x26’ post. If you need me to I’ll cut one of the boards in the middle to get better quality, grain image. Thanks.

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 09:03 PM

The barn is in Somerset, Ky.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 09:59 PM

The location fits for chestnut. Pictures look like it.

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 07:04 AM

The top pic could be chestnut. The bottom one is not. See the rays? That is oak.

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 11:18 AM

White Oak of some description.

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 12:04 PM

You can easily cut chesnut with a good sharp knife. Oak not so good like a rock. When planed it has a more honey color. Not all chesnut has worm holes. If the lumber was sawn before the blight few if any holes. I think the holes were made after the tree died while standing. I have some 2×6s sawn about 1910 no holes. And as barn wood it;s really fuzzy/hairy kinda like it has fur.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 12:36 PM

Oak
Is it really heavy

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 01:05 PM

Chestnut has tyloses, like white oak. They look like little if clear silica (sand) in the earlywood pores if viewed with a hand lens or magnifying glass. However, the prominent rays typical of the oaks will not be visible.It is essentially an oak without visible rays.

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 02:00 PM

I’ve worked in reclaimed chestnut and that definitely looks it…

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 02:02 PM

Did the first endgrain picture come from the yellow board with the beetle holes? My guess is those two go together and are chestnut.

The bottom endgrain looks like it goes with the top 2 pictures? The visible raying in the end grain points to white oak. (The top two pictures are the same board – just different lighting?)

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 02:55 PM

I’d say- just be glad you have some cool barnwood! Call it that- barn wood.

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