Could anyone identify this wood?

mtaclofFebruary 3, 2013

I think it's oak of some sort, not sure which type. Any help would be appreciated. More pics below.

http://i.imgur.com/nZCCUgp.jpg

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glennsfc

What you have there is crown grade heartpine flooring. The tree is sometimes called longleaf pine.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Pinus Palustris

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 10:57AM
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gregmills_gw

Kinda of looks like fir. Guess it could be pine.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 7:55PM
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glennsfc

Yeah, greg, sometimes hard to tell the difference with vertical grain, but it ain't oak.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 8:11PM
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gregmills_gw

I agree def not oak. Is there something that pops out at you that screams pine? And not fir?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 9:33PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Change in color is more likely in yellow pine than in fir. Hefting it or a smell test would be surer. Heart pine usually heavier, and smells of pine or turpentine when cut. Fir smells like fir, sometimes like pee (sorry).
Casey

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 11:46PM
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gregmills_gw

Right i understand the difference between them and obviously if you can physically handle the wood i wouldnt have doubts but we only get a picture. And im trying to figure out what in the picture says its pine over fir. Im not saying hes wrong im trying to figure out what led him to his answer.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 11:59PM
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glennsfc

I would say the overall redness of the piece. The sapwood in fir appears much 'whiter' I would say. But, we only get a picture, like you said, and pictures can be misleading.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 6:35PM
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gregmills_gw

Ok thanks glenn.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 7:04PM
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Bridget Helm

i'm going with pine. it looks EXACTLY like an old pine coffee table we had. the way the scratches are smoothed into the wood. it looked just like the scratches in your pic. kind of like soft scratches. the wood was softer than most. is your beam "softish"??

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 7:07PM
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numbersjunkie

I vote fir.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 9:05AM
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rmtdoug

I'm almost certain it's pine. Douglas fir trees grow either yellowish or reddish heartwood but never both in the same tree. The yellowish wood on the bottom, or tongue side, could be fir sapwood but the inner growth rings on the groove side are already starting to curve into the heart. That means if it is fir the board was cut from a pretty small log, maybe 20 inches in diameter. There is no way anyone would make fir flooring out of a 20" log.

This post was edited by rmtdoug on Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 0:37

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 12:34AM
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jfcwood

I'm generally not a betting person but I would bet that it's longleaf pine. I see lots of it.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 3:40PM
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