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Forum topic by mcg1990 posted 02-26-2015 03:54 AM 1167 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2015 03:54 AM

This comes from a local barn. I planed through a few boards and all of my samples seem to be the same species, whatever it is. The local lumber company owner suggested either Gum or.. I’m not sure what else, possibly Hickory. I’m in West Tennessee and the barn is between 80 to 100 years old.

There’s thousands upon thousands of feet of the stuff and it’s really quite attractive from what I can see so far. Tomorrow I’ll plane a little deeper and hope that the insect tunnels don’t permeate the entire depth of the boards.

I’m hoping to use much of it for tables, beds and countertops. The majority of it is roughly 2” x 12”, with some around 3 1/2” x 6”. The barn is sinking into the ground so you can only easily access the loft, but if I were able to take up the entire floor I’d have a few hundred feet of 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” posts that were used as headers for the stall doorways. It’s a fantastic place.


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#1 posted 02-26-2015 04:17 AM

Almost looks like hickory. And that tree next to it looks like mulberry. Big job!


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#2 posted 02-26-2015 04:28 AM

Mrjinx007 is right

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 01:14 PM

Yes, hickory (with powderpost beetles).

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

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 08:03 PM

Great score no matter what type of wood.
Not sure about where ya live but here it seems people are paying pretty big bucks for the wormy, stained,nail hole, spalting, crazy grain furniture.

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#5 posted 02-27-2015 09:30 PM

American Chestnut?

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#6 posted 03-02-2015 03:39 PM

Should I saw through a few pieces to find if there are any live powderpost beetles? I’m guessing that I don’t want this in my wood shop..

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#7 posted 03-02-2015 04:11 PM

Much pecan up there? I doubt they would use that due to it being a crop tree but it is possible.

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#8 posted 03-02-2015 04:19 PM

Those holes are too big for beetles. They are actually made by a these:


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#9 posted 03-02-2015 04:23 PM

I take it back… Didn’t realize the holes were smaller than I thought. You can spray the boards with something to kill them, but it will be costly. Not sure what your best course of action should be. Those beetles love the sweet sap of hickory.


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#10 posted 03-06-2015 05:35 AM

I vote Hickory

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