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Forum topic by Lukecole89 posted 12-16-2015 08:23 AM 1008 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2015 08:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut ash identify identification lumber wood cypress

I got this lumber from a guy who was selling it for next to nothing because his father had died and it was his wood. He said the first few pictures were walnut and the last ones were either ash or cypress.

He didn’t seem like an expert, but with the price even if he was wrong it is ok, but I need to know more specifically what they are.

The density is about 37 pounds per square foot. I am located in North Carolina, so it is likely a US domestic.
It is fairly old and I know walnut lightens with age, but I don’t know how much.

If you have any other questions about them let me know

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 01:04 PM

It is hickory or pecan (which is a hickory). Should be very hard.

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 01:08 PM

I thought about that initially but the density is low. I measured and weighed it and it is a density of 37. I looked it up and pecan is 48. I may try to measure a few more, maybe it is not all the same.

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 01:17 PM

Would be the lightest walnut I’ve ever seen.
I’m pretty much in the pecan camp. I see a fair amount of beetle holes and some punkiness, so your hardness may be lower than normal.

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 10:07 PM

Those first ones with the wavy streak of heartwood look exactly like juniper, although maybe that doesn’t make sense for your location. If not, I’d think of related species.

Does it smell like cedar if you sand it?

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#5 posted 12-17-2015 12:58 AM

Pecan, 1 oak, some ash?


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#6 posted 12-17-2015 01:18 AM

If the so called cypress is hard or has pores then it’s not cypress.

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 08:14 PM

the one darker board showing knicked planer blades looks like red oak.
if the rest were to be ash the grain structure would resemble oak. that doesnt look like ash.

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