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Forum topic by Valeria posted 01-26-2015 02:13 PM 977 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2015 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood types grain hardwood

I’m refinishing an old table. Can anyone identify what this wood is? It’s very heavy and has a lot of knots. Thank you!

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 02:16 PM

It looks like a quartersawn pine or fir.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 06:32 PM

Looks like pine, fir or cedar to me. But you say it’s heavy?

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 09:39 PM

Yes. Spruce or fir. Definitely a softwood.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 09:46 PM

Thanks for the feedback! Also—it has a nice smell to it, it’s more fragrant than your standard pine lumber from Home Depot. Not sure if that means anything. Just wanted to be able to correctly label it for resale, and give it the right kind of stain/finish for what it is.

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 10:37 PM

From where I’m sitting it looks Douglas fir to me.

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 01:42 AM

Looks like the old Doug Fir I salvaged from my dad’s barn. It does have a different smell than pine when sawed.

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 02:02 AM

Thanks, everyone! I have a follow-up question. If it’s a Douglas fir or one of the other types suggested, but the cuts are small and pieced together like patchwork, does that lessen the quality? Shouldn’t the cuts be all the way across? I ask because I stripped off lots of varnish and dark stain with the intention of re-staining a lighter shade. But if the short cuts are a sign of shoddy work, do I cover with paint instead?

Thanks for your advice!

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 02:16 AM

The short boards are possibly an indication of a piece intended for paint, or could have been a design element. It might have just been a shop utilizing scrap.

The question is: Do you like it? If so, you should showcase it.

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 03:27 AM

Have to agree with everyone else, looks like pine. And I was going to say the same as Buckethead. Personally, I think it looks pretty neat.

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#10 posted 01-27-2015 03:48 AM

They found a way to utilize the knotty off cuts, impressive.

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#11 posted 01-27-2015 03:52 AM

My first thought was doug fir.

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#12 posted 01-27-2015 10:58 PM

This may not be a guaranteed difference, but whenever I see those giant “swooping” knots I think about pine instead of douglas fir. Maybe we only get “good” doug fir here in Oregon and ship the rest elsewhere. :)

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