Is this quarter sawn cut, pine??

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05-10-2010 05:18 AM

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Just looking for some help id’ing this wood.


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#1 posted 05-10-2010 05:32 AM

This is very close to a quarter sawn cut and, by some standards, it would be considered a quarter sawn cut. A true quarter sawn cut would have the grain lines in the end cut going vertical. On a flat sawn cut, they go horizontal (with a curve). A rift cut is in between. This is borderline between being a quarter sawn cut and a rift cut.

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 06:13 AM

I agree that it is quartersawn….it does look like red oak as well, however it should have some “flecking?” throughout the board if it is quartersawn red oak. I don’t think it is pine the growth rings are too close for that.
Is the end grain picture and the close up pic the same board?

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 07:33 AM

Looks more like quarter sawn doug fir

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 07:35 AM

I am guessing douglas fir maybe hemlock. Does it feel heavy for it’s size?

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 08:14 AM

I was thinking doug fir when I first looked at it. Definitely looks like a softwood, not a hardwood. And I believe quatersawn is when the grain runs between 90 and 60 deg. rift sawn is 60 to 45 deg.

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#6 posted 05-10-2010 12:47 PM

Quarter sawn Douglas Fir. (actually called ‘vertical grain’ because it’s a softwood) It looks very close to a rift cut though.

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#7 posted 05-10-2010 01:08 PM

looks rift sawn to me

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#8 posted 05-10-2010 02:40 PM

+1 Vertical grain Doug Fir

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 02:41 PM

I will second what Tony said, vertical grain douglas fir. Edit: CampD posted at the same time as I…so it seems we are all thinking the same thing.

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 06:23 PM

It does look more like Douglass Fir, especially the end grain. Pine has wider growth rings and not so much of a difference between early and late growth rings.

VG fir is pretty expensive depending on widths. Nice wood. Gets a little splintery though, be careful.

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 06:23 PM

I’ve never seen fir like that before, but you never know. I would need to compare the aroma of the wood to a known good fir sample to agree. If it is fir, it is mighty tight grained, making it quite desired.

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 06:42 PM

definitely doug fir … that nice tight grain with a bit of curl is all over houses here on the west coast.

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#13 posted 05-10-2010 06:46 PM

From the pictures it looks like old bleacher seats to me and those are often Hemlock. The face picture looks like Oak. Bleacher seats are a great source of nice straight grained knot free lumber. I’ve built a number of utilitarian projects from bleacher boards.

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#14 posted 05-10-2010 07:03 PM

Not red oak as far as I can tell…oak usually has tiny dark flecks throughout.

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#15 posted 05-10-2010 07:23 PM

Ya I agree fir, although the sniff test will give it away. End grain gives it away also. Nice lumber !

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