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Help identifying old wood from barn
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:31:59 PM »
Hello, I am new to this forum but am hoping someone can help me. 
My husband and I dismantled a very old timber frame barn a couple of years ago and stacked in the loft was a big pile of tongue and groove wood.  It is about 1 1/2" thick.  We have been trying to determine what type of wood it is.  We are thinking some type of pine or possibly cypress.  We are building a house and might be able to use it somewhere along the way but don't know what it is.  I hope someone can help!  Thanks in advance, below are a few pictures of a sawn off piece.
 
 

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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 12:51:40 PM »
It is definitely a softwood of some sort. Please tell us your location, it will help narrow down the list of suspects.
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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 08:36:12 AM »
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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 06:17:39 PM »
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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2014, 07:49:48 PM »
Looks a lot like redwood.  Could also be douglas fir.  I suspect that it is one of those two. 
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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2014, 08:33:48 PM »
Looks a bit hemlockish to me. How's that for a technical description? ;D
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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2014, 08:35:59 PM »
Dave,I was kinda thinking the same thing. I'm not too good of a teller of wood,and let others that know more than me to the telling.   ;D  Than they will be from some state that hemlock does not even grow there.
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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2014, 08:54:51 PM »
  Im not shure what it is, but judging by the tung how its perfectly round, tells me that that flooring material is definately way newer than the barn. You can tell it was machined not hand plained, and edges eased or radiused , no one is going to hand sand a radius edge that was on the bottom  So, 1940s-1950's or newer im guessing.   The 1960s flooring i have here has mill maker stamps and reliefs cut in back.  Some more photos, and a location will help, pieces with noticeable defects sometimes help too. Other things help are photos of reactions to metal nails ect.   Id try to push a 16 penny nail or so in by hand using fingers, that will dent it if its softwood, i dont care how old it is.      some of the older group will chime in, but id call 1 1/2 thick  t+ g carsiding (think rail car).  Ive heard of it where they bought old rail cars and reused materials.

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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2014, 07:05:08 AM »
Could easily be hemlock.  Redwood and hemlock and the true firs do not have resin canals.  Douglas fir does have them.  Looking at a clean razor-knife slice of the end grain with a hand lens or magnifying glass will reveal the presence or absence of resin canals, and that will narrow the field of possibilities. 

If you can take a close-up picture of that clean slice of the end grain, that will help a great deal in identifying your wood. 
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Re: Help identifying old wood from barn
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2014, 07:21:25 PM »
looks alot like redwood, if it was fir wouldn't the growth rings be alittle further apart?
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