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    I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    but I am having trouble identifying what species of lumber I have. Can anyone tell me what type of wood this is? It came from a barn constructed in 1910. I'd hate to sound like an idiot when its time to sell it. Thanks for your help! lori jo
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    Re: I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    Welcome to WoW forum.

    I can't help with the wood species. the wood is simply to weathered to even make a stab at it. Knowing the general area of the barn might help others make an educated guess.
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    Re: I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    Welcome to WoW!

    Yeah, where you live will make it easier. Also a cross section so we can see clean grain.
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    Re: I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    Well,

    Just some of my thoughts

    1) I am 95% sure it is a softwood
    Hardwoods do not stand up to the weather as well

    2) I am 75% confident is is in the pine family, but not southern yellow pine.

    3) It could be Cedar. This is where the remaining 25% falls

    The exterior siding of a barn would be any material that was readily available in the area that the barn was built. It would be a softwood because that is what "takes" the weather best without any coatings of paint or stains. Cedar would have been the best and it would be cedar IF it was readily available.

    I am pretty sure the boards started out as 3/4 or 1 inch thick but through the years they have weatherd and they are now probably 1/2 to 3/8 thick. If that is not so - then I question if they really are from 1910. I would say the barn was resided.

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    Re: I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    Lori Jo, I'd call it Chestnut and dare anyone to prove me wrong.

    Weathered barn wood looks really great as picture frames or mirror frames, but do not try to put a finish on it. That will turn the wood dark and ruin the appeal of it. DAMHIKT!
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    Re: I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    Doug,

    Chestnut for beams and structural members sure.

    But for the exterior sheathing????

    Do you think that is so?
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    Re: I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    I have no idea about that Leo, but it looks like Lori Jo was thinking the wood might be Chestnut. That wood is so weathered that it is going to be really hard to determine what it is. And, in the long run, the most important thing is going to be that it is "barnwood".

    My reply was a light hearted attempt to tell Lori Jo that she probably does not need to worry too much about what kind of wood it is because it is going to be hard to determine - for her or for anyone else for that matter.
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    Re: I'm a "wood rookie" who just fell into the Vintage Barnwood arena

    It's still kinda interesting.

    I tried to search "what species barnboard it" but I come up empty.

    You can stand by your comment - I think maybe there is just no way to challenge it
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