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Forum topic by willhime posted 09-22-2020 03:22 PM 321 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2020 03:22 PM

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I’m terrible at identifying wood species. I’m wondering what kind of wood this is. My tentative guess is western red cedar but some of the wood looks lighter in color so it’s throwing me off. Am I correct or is it another species ?

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 03:55 PM

Hard to tell from the pictures, esp without a closeup or shot of the endgrain. Could be western red cedar, or any number of other softwoods. It looks to me like a stain or glaze has been applied, and that could hide all sorts of species.

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#2 posted 09-22-2020 03:55 PM

It does look like WRC to me too. So the species is Thuja Plicata.
What a terrible design that bench with the metal welded and screws showing. It’s really ugly

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#3 posted 09-22-2020 04:32 PM

Western Red Cedar may contain light, dark, and anything in-between. I’d say that’s what it is.
This sort of ‘crude/industrial/rustic’ style is pretty popular these days.

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#4 posted 09-22-2020 04:40 PM

My first thought wasn’t WRC, but it’s certainly possible.

I was thinking pine at first, though the pictures make it very difficult to tell, honestly.

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#5 posted 09-22-2020 04:45 PM

What a terrible design that bench with the metal welded and screws showing. It’s really ugly

- Aj2

+ 1,000

I believe this is one evolutionary step in front of the dread “hairpin leg” Ann Rockler should be shot. Probably if you searched down the history of those strap legs, Daddy Rockler was responsible.

I’m for WRC as well.

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#6 posted 09-22-2020 06:19 PM

id go wrc myself,the legs are the way they are to go with the rustic wood.i kinda like the overall look,but i agree with trsn on the hair pin legs,hair pins are for hair not fine furniture.

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#7 posted 09-23-2020 04:41 AM

Looks like just another barn wood bench sold by recycled wood specialty folks.
Could be any species if you are allowed to stain and glaze for color?


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