Found wood, Now I need to know which wood

mangus

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Hi,
Today I decided to go through my gramps old wood and I came across a few interesting pieces thick enough to be used (albeit I would have to cut and glue to achieve the width required) in my LesPaul special endeavour.
Now, when it comes to living trees I can identify most(of the typical ones in my area) really well as I've been planting them and growing them for fifteen years.. However, If my life depended of identifying them in board or dry form I would most definitely perish as I can't tell between oak and sweet chestnut.

Can someone help me identify what I have?

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these two pieces were beams in my gramp's roof(we replaced them with concrete beams) and I suspect they must be oak.
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My dad tells me this one is oak, It's all sort of crooked but not transversely, which makes it look really good for a bar..
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I found this in an old shack where my grandfather used to store some of his wood, I think it's sweet chestnut but... If I was sure I wouldn't be asking you..
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This is all the wood we got from the roof. considering it had been there for more than 50 years I actually think it's still in very good condition. Is it oak?
 

Marty M.

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You'll have to expose the wood from the dirt in order to have people guess what it is :).
 

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I guess is it's species known as tomuchius dirtius AKA common soilwood. You can expose it's gorgeous grain-pattern by sanding/planing away the surface, which is infamously messy job to do.
 

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Message received, captain obvious Sir!. I shall proceed with the sanding sir!
 

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Pictures aren't showing up for me?? Everyone else see them?

Cheers Peter.
 

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I see them now. You mention this is "gramps old wood". Was he a wood worker or is it just a pile of construction lumber? There could be some pretty rotten boards in there, or some nicely spalted ones. Are they light or heavy? Do they feel hard or soft? Where are you located? I'd recommend planning instead of sanding. It'll take you forever if you are sanding unless you have a belt sander with 60 grit or something.

Hopefully it is a nice score of great looking wood.

Cheers Peter.
 

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My grandfather was a farmer but everytime a good tree was chopped he used to keep some wood. the wood you see on the floor was from his house's roof.. His private stash was kept in a shack, i know there's some chestnut, oak and cherry among others but I'm illiterate in timber and lumber
 

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He had a few old woodplanes.. I'll see if I can find them
 

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"Shaq" is a basketball player.

A shack is where you keep stuff.

Setting that aside, got some sandpaper and a block?
 

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...I think I'll need to keep my eye on this thread..
 

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"Shaq" is a basketball player.

A shack is where you keep stuff.

Setting that aside, got some sandpaper and a block?
Thanks! My phone is obviously into basketball.. Not into free throws though..
 

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I showed the entire pile to a friend who works as a carpenter.. It's oak and apparently very light(in colour ) so I'm going to continue looking for what I want.. Dark wood I can afterwards finish with tru oil.
 




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