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02-21-2014 04:57 PM

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I snagged this board for free from a pallet/scrap pile consisting mostly of SPF and cedar, some pressure-treated, but also a little bit of cherry, oak, etc. I have no idea what this is – it looks kind of like cedar, but it is really heavy/dense. I ripped one edge to show the grain but I haven’t planed/sanded it yet (I’m a little hesitant to run it through my planer even though I don’t think there is any metal in it; I could shave one face on my table saw thought).

Any ideas what it could be? It looks nice, and I have the opportunity to pick up more boards if it’s worthwhile.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 02-21-2014 05:39 PM

This is where we all make guesses and throw out a bunch of names. :)

How about a type of Eucalyptus. It fits both the color and that it’s dense. Just a guess though.

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 05:41 PM

It looks alot like the chestnut boards that were stored in my grandfathers garage for 50 years.

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 05:50 PM

I’ll probably get called a fool for this, but I’m going to go with good ol’ heart pine.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 06:15 PM

I would guess some sort of softwood based on what else was in the pile, but it is REALLY heavy – and it doesn’t look pressure treated.

As long as it’s free, I suppose I might as well pick up the rest of it and see how it mills out. If it turns out to be nothing special I’ll just burn or donate it.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 06:29 PM

A clear photo of fresh cut endgrain would help in the identification too.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#6 posted 02-23-2014 12:41 PM

It is a softwood. looks like lodgepole pine.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#7 posted 02-23-2014 12:45 PM

Hemlock?

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#8 posted 02-23-2014 02:03 PM

I’m going to say pine, but really need an end grain shot to make an ID.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 02-24-2014 03:31 PM

Here’s a fresh crosscut. Perhaps it could be pine with incredibly high moisture content?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 04:25 PM

Well it is very wet, that would explain the weight also very tight grained. I’m sticking with pine.

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#11 posted 02-24-2014 07:29 PM

Looks like some old growth pine or other soft wood with growth rings that tight.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#12 posted 02-24-2014 08:16 PM

I did get a few more pieces of the same lumber. Once they acclimate would they be worth using in a project, or better off in the fireplace?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#13 posted 02-24-2014 08:35 PM

I could not begin to guess the species, but you do need to sharpen your saw blade or hand saw. Tearout is atrocious.

Greg

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#14 posted 02-24-2014 08:43 PM

Agreed. It was a quick cut on my miter saw with an old blade I use for rough work.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#15 posted 02-24-2014 09:07 PM

Not really sure, but it looks like you have some of what use to be nice Doug fir there, unfortunately it is now full of mold and mildew.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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