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    Name that wood!

    Almost sounds like a game show.

    My current project is being made from some salvaged wood http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...reclaimed-woodthat were at one time wainscoting for a dining room in a house I renovated in Houston.

    I thought at first maybe they were fir but not so sure anymore. When you cut it the dust is a fine powder. There are no bigger shavings just very very fine powder. The powder also feels moist almost oily and will pack if you squeeze it. To clean it up you need a brush or a brush attachment for the vac as it clings to whatever it touches.

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    And a few shots of the wood.
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    I was also thinking Fir, but the color(orange) im not sure about.

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    Cypress is my guess. Is it soft??
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    Some is soft and I mean soft and some are hard. The weight also varies also for similar sized pieces.

    It sure does machine very very well.

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    The grain looks like fir... I can't argue with Jay on it being cyprus though http://www.cypresshomeswnc.com/Mater...?MaterialId=11 is darn close and it doesn't sound like its behaving like fir either.

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    I also think it's cypress. Cypress has a distinctive odor when cut. It smells like....... well cypress. When we built I put cypress floors down.

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    I have several boards that look like picture 3. I was told it resembles the old long leaf pine. Not sure what it is either. It does have the hard and soft properties you you mention.
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    i like Cyprus as a possibility but how many crotches have you seen in Cyprus its usually a tall straight tree. and hemlock fir does have a resin in it. but should have a distinct odor
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    What does it smell like? It resembles sassafrass, but it will have a distinct odor. The sawdust from sassafrass does that and it also has density variations. Just a SWAG
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    Cypress will have a wild grain near the bass of the tree. I still say cypress as it looks alot like the stuff I have here and it would stand to reason coming form something done in Houston
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