Mystery species of Super dense reclaimed barn wood lumber

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Forum topic by Jagerheister posted 05-08-2015 02:18 AM 1164 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2015 02:18 AM

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I’ve had this reclaimed lumber in my wood pile for several years. It came from a 80 year old farm house that was destroyed. I noticed that this board was much heavier than the 20 or so boards that I got from the same source. I was always curious as to what it was, and being very old there was no distinguishing features that made it possible to identify the species. I assumed that is was walnut or cypress. I was waiting for the right project to come along to use it on…

A few weeks ago, curiosity got the best of me, and I passed it over my jointer a few times to reveal the grain in hopes that It would be identifiable…

What do you think it is?

I narrate the results from my findings in the video link below. Please watch, Comment, subscribe, like and share.

Thanks for watching!

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 02:28 AM

First of all, the link you provided goes to the wrong video…

The wood of board A really looks to me like old “heart” pine, which is high in pitch content which makes it heavy and hard to work.


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#2 posted 05-08-2015 03:04 AM

I fixed he link… Thanks for letting me know.!

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 03:57 AM

Heart pine?

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 10:20 AM

Its heart pine.
My experience with this is some of it is more “hearty” than others.

Can you detect a resin smell when you planed or saw it?

Those are circular saw marks from the mill, not hand saw marks.
Still could be really old, though.

You’re gonna find some of the outer edges lighter in color are pithy and not usable.

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 11:28 AM

Yes, definitely Southern Yellow Pine.

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 02:34 PM

I’d say heart pine too. It’s very heavy because of the high pitch content. It’ll gum up planer and jointer heads in short order. I’ve molded thousands of feet of the stuff as flooring. After a run, I’d have to clean off the yellow “cake” off everything.
Once you open it up it’ll dry quickly and start checking. It might be good to seal it….

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