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wood species of 1960's casings

Posted by homebound (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 1, 11 at 22:02

My folks' house was built in the early 60's in Philadelphia. I'm trying to figure out the trimwork material after overlooking (and not appreciating) it after all these years. Simple clamshell profiles on the casing, which are varnished (I think). The wood is a warm honey tone with a soft, smooth grain. Any ideas what material that might be?

The baseboards (also clamshell) are natural and a kind of red/brown tone.

As a final note, I have to hand it to the trim carpenters they had. Amazing work. Not a bad joint or hammer ding anywhere, and I believe it was all hand nailed. Wow.


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RE: wood species of 1960's casings

You're not going to get anywhere with this without posting a photo.


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Yup, after I posted I thought the same thing. I'll get pics on a future visit.


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RE: wood species of 1960's casings

Shot in the dark(pun intended)

Mahogany.

Was a popular trim material in the East for years, especially early in the 20th century.


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RE: wood species of 1960's casings

That's a good shot in the dark. Looking at some google images, I think you nailed it. Thanks much.


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