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03-14-2014 02:31 AM

Hi

I just received a block of wood that had been on the ground in the sun with grass growing over the top of it so it appears it’s been there for several years, the lady told me it was Cypress and I tend to believe her as I don’t think cedar gets this big. The block in the pictures is 12” wide x 4” thick, was hoping someone would be able to confirm it to be cypress or if it’s cedar.

when I got it, it was in the rough so I planed a few 1/16 off of it.

Thanks

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 03:20 AM

There are many kinds of cedar, some of which could easily get this big. It’s not eastern red cedar. Considering it’s location and history, I believe what the woman told you is probably correct – cypress.

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 03:27 AM

+1 to cypress.

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 03:27 AM

Randy – cedar does get that big. To me it doesn’t look like native cedar that grows around central Texas, (which is actually a juniper). This looks like western cedar which is commonly sold and used for construction around here. I’ve got some of it from a remodel my mom is doing. Looks exactly like what you have.

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 03:50 AM

Dk but in my experience with Cyprus when I was down south and cedar that I have used in construction I might look at the hardness? Cedar in my experience is easier to cut?

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 03:53 AM

I agree with doc. Cedar is a softer wood. It tends to get “fuzzy” when exposed to water too. What did it look like unplaned

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 04:00 AM

Blackie, I would tend toward cedar. Cypress I have used doesn’t have much grain and is more yellow than red.

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 05:27 AM

I haven’t been around much Cypress, but I have been around a lot of Western Red Cedar. It all smells like a sauna. Does cypress smell?

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 11:45 AM

The forth and fifth picture down, if you look at the edge gain that’s how the block looked all the way around before I planed it, fuzzy and rough, I was wondering if it is Cypress can being out in the sun cause it to darken fuzz up and roughen as you see it on the edge grain. I never thought about western Red Cedar that’s possible as well.

I’ve only cut into Cypress and Red Cedar (aromatic) but not enough times to compare the two on how they cut.

As long as we can rule out native Texas cedar and Juniper I should be OK to make a box out of it as I know Juniper and Texas cedar will turn black like a (privacy fence picket) in a short period no matter what finish or where it sits in the house.

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 11:50 AM

Looks like Cypress to me.

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 02:27 PM

We easily have cedars that big, but I don’t think it is cedar.

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#11 posted 03-14-2014 03:32 PM

Thanks Monte and everyone, I’m going to go ahead and go with cypress and hope for the best.

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#12 posted 03-15-2014 12:47 AM

ive got cypress and worked with it quite bit, im pretty sure you have cypress there…ive worked with cypress that was loaded with figure, and here is a project i did awhile back with 2 slabs of cypress, check it out http://lumberjocks.com/projects/84488 and this onehttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/68806

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#13 posted 03-15-2014 12:51 AM

It’s a beautiful hunk-a-hunk-a wood. It looks like a 4” hunk…? That grain is awesome. Some good resawing may be in it’s future.

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#14 posted 03-15-2014 12:53 AM

I look at the bark… it is cypress.

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#15 posted 03-15-2014 01:20 AM

Thanks grizz and Joey

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