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I hate this question: What kind of wood...

Posted by CEFreeman (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 14:56

is a golden-orange when sanded?

I was given wood out of a probably late 50s, early 60s home. I think it was probably woodwork at once time. Great widths, 12-16", 3/4" stuff. The new owner was getting rid of the stuff in her basement. No, I don't have pics because I lost my cell in the yard somewhere.

Starting to sand it, though, I'm coming up with the weirdest color. Orangey. The grain is prominent in some pieces, and some just .. not.

So based upon your experience, have you come across this?
I was driving down the road where a big beech tree is down, and noticed the inside of the tree was the same color as my sanded wood. Perhaps? Would this have been used in woodwork?

Any WAGs? (Ok, wild-assed guesses?) I'm thinking of some cabinet tops or even my kitchen floor. I have to experiment with stain or just sealing it, but right now it's a weird, weird color.

Thanks!


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

Osage orange? (16" wide would be huge)


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

Well.
nahh.
I think something of that size makes that unlikely, just as you indicated.

I'm thinking something more common, probably. I'm debating what to do with it.

Oh - I found my phone in the yard today. After 4 days and 3 rains, it works. I'll try to get a grain picture tomorrow.


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

Osage orange was my first thought also. Honey locust also has wood that is more orange than most.

IME, beech is quite unstable and difficult to dry well without twisting, splitting, etc. I wouldn't call it orange - more similar to white oak in color.

A photo with grain would be lovely. Ash and some of the oaks would be possible; depending on the finish used and how that colors the wood, there is a range of possibilities.


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

Fir?


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Ok!
I have to upload these separately, but I finally have some pictures.


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

And this one..


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What are you going to use it for? Just curious.


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

It's a softwood, either fir or more likely pine.


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

The dark reddish knots sure say pine. The first pic looks like yellow pine. If pine is untouched for 150 years, it gets this dark oxidation on the surface which if sanded is kind of brown; you may see orange.
Casey


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RE: I hate this question: What kind of wood...

Oh, shoot. I didn't realize my cell pics were so bad.

I haven't decided where I'm going to use it, but if it is some kind of pine, I might actually put it in my kitchen. I'm still deciding on what I want to use for flooring, and pine is a nice, old look. Particularly with these wide boards.

I'll try new pics just for posterity.

Casey, if I were to use something to oxidize it, would it gray like most pine?

Thanks guys.


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