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02-18-2019 02:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip cedar pine

Hello all. I’m looking for a little help to identify what kind of lumber this is. It is a find from inside of an old building buried in dust and bird poop along with some large white oak pieces. I cut a piece of cedar and pine to compare. I think it’s pine but if so, is it older with the tight growth rings? These are cleaned up a little. I am having trouble uploading my pic of the grain pattern. Working on that one. Thanks in advance for the help.

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#1 posted 02-18-2019 03:02 PM


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#2 posted 02-18-2019 03:08 PM

It may be old growth long leaf pine. Does it give of a turpentine smell when cut? Where is it located.

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#3 posted 02-18-2019 03:13 PM

That is Douglas Fir. It’s a nice piece of it too. If you run it across a jointer and through a planer you will have a nice piece of trim wood. It was used almost exclusively for the trim in old Craftsman style and 1930’s cottages all over the south. It mills well but it splinters and splits if you don’t handle with care. Pilot holes are critical for fasteners.

I love the old barn and warehouse lumber.

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#4 posted 02-18-2019 03:25 PM

I am also thinking longleaf pine. Not quite the right color for old growth fir.Either way it is a nice piece.

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#5 posted 02-18-2019 04:03 PM

It looks like Douglas-fir to me, very fine old growth Doug fir at that.

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#6 posted 02-18-2019 04:41 PM

Thanks for the help and advice so far. I’m newish to wood working other than helping with repairs and building so not very keen on different smells other than the very obvious. This has a distinct smell to it. My dad had an old house in South Jersey, 1886 was etched in the basement. The smell of these brought back a lot of memories of repairs in there. Here is 1/16 off with the jointer. Scrap pine for color comparison. My wife likes the sanded side more so it won’t be going through the planer ha

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#7 posted 02-19-2019 09:03 PM

When I was many decades younger, I was putting up a 12’ long fascia board on the house my dad was building. It was a perfect piece of vertical grain fir (our term in the PNW for quarter sawn). When I gave a light tap to start the first finishing nail, this beautiful piece of wood split for its entire length. Should have drilled, though even that might not have worked.

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#8 posted 02-19-2019 09:08 PM


I guess the default Alder response is on vacation.

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