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04-14-2015 04:01 PM

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Can anyone help me identify the species of this wood beam? It was given to me and because of the beautiful weathered patina, I don’t want to cut it or sand it to make identification easier. it is a 12 foot beam.

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 09:38 PM

Tree, old.

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 10:09 PM

I think it’s old beam wood from middle tree.

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#3 posted 04-15-2015 12:41 AM

Use a razor knife and make a clean slice on the end grain, then post a close-up pic.

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 12:50 AM

It looks like oak. more like white oak.


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#5 posted 04-15-2015 01:53 AM

A while back I had to plane about a dozen of the same looking weathered wood grain beams. They turned out to be white oak.

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#6 posted 04-15-2015 01:56 AM

Tree, old.

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I second that

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#7 posted 04-15-2015 05:50 PM


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#8 posted 04-15-2015 08:21 PM

Cut some shavings off the edge and see if it smell like oak. That is what it appears to be.

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#9 posted 04-15-2015 08:34 PM


The checks look like oak, the grain looks like oak, and the knot looks like oak.

Of course you’ll not be sure until you reveal some fresh wood, but if I had to bet, I’d bet oak. Probably some really pretty wood under the surface, but then the timber looks lovely as it is now.

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#10 posted 04-15-2015 10:33 PM

I still have some smaller ones that I pulled out of a barn built in 1876 in SE Pennsylvania. Oak or chestnut. Mine were brown oak.

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