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Forum topic by TiggerWood posted 06-12-2014 06:06 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2014 06:06 PM

I moved into this house 8 years ago. There was a long plank used as a walkway to the seller that has been sitting there for years. Last year I pulled it up and put it in the garage thinking I would use it as sacrificial wood. Today I cut into it and now wonder what kind of wood it is. I believe it is Hemlock but would like to know what you guys think. It’s a pretty hard and durable wood.


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The Box Whisperer

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 06:08 PM

Looks like Fir to me but I also havnt sen any Hemlock fresh cut like that. Im eager to see what the guru’s say.

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 06:13 PM

+1 fir

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 06:14 PM

I thought fir was a possibility but the grain is more appealing.


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#4 posted 06-12-2014 06:15 PM

I still say Fir but I learn something new every day on this site, and I am FAR from being a species authority on here. That being said, Ive worked with Fir on several projects lately and it looked JUST like that.

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#5 posted 06-12-2014 06:28 PM

It could be. I don’t know much about species of wood either, just work with my favorites: walnut, hickory, and cherry. For all I know, Hemlock could be Fir.

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#6 posted 06-12-2014 06:37 PM

Hemlock is very stringy and I have never seen it with growth rings that big.

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#7 posted 06-12-2014 07:49 PM

I put myself through undergrad building pocket door frames out of hemlock. I’ve never seen it with such a pronounced grain pattern. I really, really don’t think it is hemlock.

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#8 posted 06-12-2014 08:08 PM

It looks like fir to me. I’ve never seen that kind of grain in hemlock.

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#9 posted 06-12-2014 08:37 PM

Looks like yellow pine to me. Maybe even treated.

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#10 posted 06-12-2014 09:21 PM

I would’ve said southern yellow pine as well, but Tigger said it was “pretty hard”. SYP is heavy and strong, but it dents and scratches easily.

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#11 posted 06-12-2014 09:52 PM

Pine hardens with age. He did say it had been sitting there for years. I think it’s pine.

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#12 posted 06-12-2014 09:59 PM

It looks like pressure treated yellow pine. Treated wood gets really hard with being very dry and aged.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#13 posted 06-13-2014 12:52 AM

If I was to bet the farm, I would put my money on SYP.

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#14 posted 06-13-2014 01:00 AM

The width of the latewood band makes it southern yellow pine.

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#15 posted 06-13-2014 01:35 AM

I guess it’s SYP. I’d like to get a lot more of it. It’s way better than any pine you get from the box stores and the grain is beautiful.

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