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Blog entry by wlojr posted 05-20-2012 11:51 PM 2245 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning I found this huge hunk of wood from my usual weekly scrap wood bin from a local cabinet maker, I rescued this huge hunk of wood I think it is cedar, it is about 3”x12”x20”, now I just need to figure out what do do with it there are some chunks out of one side, I have never sent anything through my planer this big, I have a small craftsman planer and its way too big for my 9” band saw.

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 12:28 AM

Nice little find, however I think its doug fir, just by the looks of the grain pattern. I could be wrong but that what it reminds me of.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 12:47 AM

Smell it…

Don’t do anything with it until you are certain it is the right piece for the project.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 01:25 AM

I haven’s seen douglas fir that was so red?

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 01:44 AM

A lot of the doug fir I salvaged from my dad’s barn is very red so I agree, this looks like DF to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 05-24-2012 02:58 PM

Cut it and smell.. Cedar and spruce are the easiest to figure out. It looks like DF.. maybe hemlock or white pine, but I’m not the best at identification

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 09:31 PM

I think I am going to drill out the knot and then plane it I think I will make some kind of bench seat, thanks for all the replys.

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 09:49 PM

I would suggest leaving the knot and filling in around it with epoxy, then plane.

The knot is part of the character of the wood and with the grain pattern you have there it may not look right without it.

Once the knot is stabilized, you can do about anything you want with it, but again, make certain the piece is right for the project and maybe more importantly, the project is right for the piece.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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