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Forum topic by ahriman posted 10-12-2020 01:32 AM 428 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2020 01:32 AM

Can anyone ID this wood?:

It is from a stack of barn wood I picked up a few years back in Eastern Colorado. I was pretty sure it was Doug Fir like the joists I planed down, but then I started planing this and it had an oily smell. I block planed the endgrain and that oily smell was more persistent, and the shavings were pretty oily feeling. My guess is that the barn builder treated the timbers with something. But the thing that really puzzles me are those really tight growth rings, not to mention the flecks on the face.

What say you?

-- "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss"

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#1 posted 10-12-2020 02:00 AM

It kinda looks like old growth cypress the oily comment gives me hope.
Old Douglas fir has a distinctive spicy smell it kinda does loo like fir but then it doesn’t. It could be a conifer we don’t see in the lumber racks.
Whatever it is it looks great would love to have that for sure.

Good Luck

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#2 posted 10-12-2020 03:10 AM

Any chance it’s juniper?

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#3 posted 10-12-2020 03:47 AM

Definitely a softwood.

The oil is puzzling?

Looks sort of like stika spruce, or silver Fir.
Does it have a faint cedar odor? White cedar has tight grain and can be oily.
Another softwood that can have tight grain is Cypress. Odor is usually how you identify it. Ranges from sour to camphor smell, all of them are foul smelling IMHO.

Best Luck!

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#4 posted 10-12-2020 06:06 PM

I am pretty convinced the oiliness is due to either treatment, or simply a petroleum-based spill. Therefore, I cannot get a good whiff of the actual wood. I am going to try another board today.

-- "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss"

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#5 posted 10-20-2020 11:52 AM

Considering where you live, the fact that it was stored in a barn, the tight grain & the colors, I’m almost positive what you’re looking at is Redwood. In your neck of the country Redwood was the most common building material for 100 years & it was used for almost every application you can think of.

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