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09-24-2014 03:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine question help identify identity wood lumber live edge natural edge rounds species

Hey guys,

This is my first post, but Ive been cursing this forum for a while. I just purchased everything I need for a beginners woodshop. This is a new hobby to me! When I was buy a tool from a guy off kijiji (canadian craigslist) I noticed he had some massive rounds (42” being the smallest diameter). Needless to say I bought them. The price was impossible to give up. Im 99% their pine but what type of pine I have no idea. I through some mineral spirits on the bottom side of one just to see what it would look like. Im thinking its red pine? But I honestly have no idea… Any help would be appreciated!

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#1 posted 09-24-2014 04:56 PM

Yes, pine.. Why not contact the guy you bought it from and ask him. Googleing pine variety in your part of Canada is another option, eh?


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#2 posted 09-24-2014 05:00 PM

I hope you meant cruising this forum and not cursing this forum. Although it is understandable if you meant the latter. LOL

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 05:29 PM

Mrjinx: He just bought the property and they came with the barn so he had no idea. I did a google search and there were over 10 kinds.. i guess as long as i know its pine that should suffice eh? I appreciate the canadian touch you added there!!

comboprof: Yes I meant cruising lol, but i maybe cursing it in the future lol

Thanks guys!

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 05:38 PM

As long as it’s dry (which it no doubt is given the large cracks), you may be able to use its density to figure it out. Weigh it and then use water displacement to figure out the volume. gives average dried weights.
If you combine this information with (under pine, obviously and if you click on the various ones it will give you maps that should allow you to see which species grow near you) you can probably at least narrow it down some. Red pine, for example, is much heavier than eastern white pine.
Of course this is a lot of work, plus there is a good deal of overlap in the weight of different pines, plus you may not really need to know that badly.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 06:14 PM

Curse away. Won’t do ya any good, but might make ya feel better. :)


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#6 posted 09-24-2014 06:18 PM

Yes, I would just do my thing on this and not obsess over what kind of pine it is.. If someone asks you what kind of pine, used one of those 10 names and let them prove you wrong. My wife and all her family are Canadian and I love the way they talk. As well, love Canadian hospitality.


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#7 posted 09-24-2014 06:32 PM

”Ive been cursing this forum for a while.”
That’s a prophetic typo if I ever saw one! Welcome to Lumberjocks!
Close up shots of end grain are helpful on wood ID’ing. The Wood Database, mentioned by Jeremy above, is a great fount of information and pictures for help. Did your supplier mention how long ago he had bought the place? The big crack in the middle looks more like bark inclusion where the tree is starting to fork.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 08:54 PM

Now that I look at it, it looks like ET winking at you.


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#9 posted 09-24-2014 09:12 PM

Wow, you guys are awesome! Thanks so much for the support. I didn’t think I’d get this many knowledgable responses so quickly. Again, thank you!

CFrye: he bought the place a year ago. I agree, the crack is definitely where the tree forked. Appreciate the help!

MrJ: haha I hadn’t noticed that until you mentioned it! I have it in my shop for over a month now and all I’ve ever seen is a snake (the crack in the middle). Good Eye!

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#10 posted 09-24-2014 11:14 PM

likely cut on the property if it was in the barn. I would i.d. what’s growing there.

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