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what kind of wood is this?

by Zac Harlan
posted 10-30-2018 01:28 PM


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#1 posted 10-30-2018 01:46 PM

That’s my guess too. Fir or spruce.

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#2 posted 10-30-2018 01:55 PM

Cedar or redwood? Does it smell like cedar?

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#3 posted 10-30-2018 02:05 PM

I’d say Douglas-fir.

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#4 posted 10-30-2018 02:15 PM

red spruce alder :<))

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#5 posted 10-30-2018 02:24 PM

I agree with the others….hemlock, spruce, or fir

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#6 posted 10-31-2018 05:52 PM

my buddy says it smells cedar-ish… I’ve got a lousy sense of smell so i don’t know. This is a barn that was built by the Amish in the Iowa/Illinois part of the country if that helps at all.

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#7 posted 10-31-2018 09:50 PM

Heart alder

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#8 posted 10-31-2018 11:27 PM

You tell’em Fridge!

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#9 posted 11-01-2018 11:39 AM



my buddy says it smells cedar-ish… I ve got a lousy sense of smell so i don t know. This is a barn that was built by the Amish in the Iowa/Illinois part of the country if that helps at all.

- Zac Harlan

Well, I don’t know what it would be doing in that part of the country…...but it sure sounds and looks exactly like cypress to me. Does this wood kind of have a oily or sticky feel to it? Does it also have a kind of shiny looking surface? Are there or were there any covered bridges around the area at one time? Could have been reclaimed and used when they did away with such structures?
In my area all the wood used in the light houses on the Chesapeake Bay was cypress. It was brought in and used because it doesn’t much rot. Same with many covered bridges and in general anything that had to be built around water. I was lucky to get some old saved beams here and it looks just like that.

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#10 posted 11-01-2018 03:12 PM

I think its too knotty for cypress.

I believe it has to be a conifer.

I say old growth pine.

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#11 posted 11-01-2018 03:53 PM

My first thought is some kind of fur tree

Could be from the Irish Setter family :)

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#12 posted 11-01-2018 04:13 PM

Hemlock, spruce, or fir, for my money.

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#13 posted 11-01-2018 04:20 PM

Small chance it could be cypress. Typically good heartwood won’t have all those knots. Hard to tell if it has what I call ghost rings in between the annual rings. The rings usually fade a bit at the edges.

I still stand by alder.

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#14 posted 11-01-2018 05:14 PM

Looks like pine to me

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#15 posted 11-01-2018 05:44 PM

Another vote for old growth pine but fir is certainly an options as well.

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#16 posted 11-01-2018 06:26 PM

I’m not that familiar with Fir other than what I’ve seen generally does not have that many knots in it. If you’d go to menards and buy some 1×6 standard grade (which seems to be total crap any more) it looks almost exactly like the boards in the pictures other than menards boards will have a bunch of cracks and bows in it

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#17 posted 11-01-2018 11:28 PM

Heart Pine
https://www.google.com/search?q=heart+pine&client=firefox-b-1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjbtJHXq7TeAhUgHjQIHY0gATAQ_AUIDigB&biw=1088&bih=501

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#18 posted 11-08-2018 10:42 PM


This is a long shot but i was hoping someone here could tell me what kind of wood this is. It s from a barn built in 1862 that i m reusing to build a table. My first thought is some kind of fur tree but i ve not seen one look so red

- Zac Harlan

I have pieces of 6 different barns from very early 1800 to about the time your barn was from. The wood I have is mostly red and white oak, yet all of it when you cut into it is almost coppery red, the outer wood is much less so, mostly due to having been washed off. All of the barns had seen live stock, tobacco, and general farm whatever. The old farmers all tell me it’s from the mud, and pigs were the number one culprit for that inside the barn.

Clearly a conifer type wood based on grain, and knot distribution. Seeing it was from 1862 that is plenty long enough a time for that red wave to come on. Don’t let the red guide you about wood species, just look at the grain, and all those knots. Are you not standing in Lowes looking at that pile of 2×10 fir. pine. spruce…...

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#19 posted 11-09-2018 01:37 PM

man… you guys are a wealth of knowledge! Thank you so much for all your comments! Good stuff! The red coloring coming from general use in that era is super interesting.

-- Zac, Iowa, zacharlan.com

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#20 posted 11-09-2018 08:05 PM

I have generally noticed the difference between many conifer softwoods and pine is the marked oblong knots. Some species may be more prone to these as their branches may grow at angles to the trunk rather than straight out.

When I see those long knots I think pine. I don’t think hemlock or doug fir have these as much.

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#21 posted 11-09-2018 11:00 PM

The oblong knots could be caused by the snow loads in the area where the original trees grew, and may not be species specific.

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#22 posted 11-10-2018 01:00 AM

Oh yeah, we’ve got a lot of that here in Kentucky… That’s Elifino wood…;-)

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#23 posted 11-10-2018 01:14 AM

I’d say pinacea….because that way I can cover several species at once. :)

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#24 posted 11-10-2018 07:01 AM

how soft is the wood, does it indent easily, My aunt had a pine table she wrote a note on some paper and it left an indent in the wood.

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