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I've cut lots of hundred plus year old
lumber that still has the same smell inside.
I guess I have cut some that smells musty. I didn't mean to say it always has a different smell, only a possibility.

What are we doing with this pile of stock Warner?
 

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Surprised all of Scout's toys aren't green. :laughing:
 

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I thought it looked like oak as well...

What was the most readily available hardwood timber in the area 120 years ago?
 

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Looks like oak from here, too. I've been lucky enough to work with some of the old stuff, and it has a nice aroma, but nothing like the new oak...

Have you asked over at Woodworking Talk? Some of those guys are pretty keen.
 

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Curmudgeon
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I thought it looked like oak as well...

What was the most readily available timber in the area 120 years ago?
Chestnut, poplar,walnut, butternut,
red oak, white oak, elm,ash, beech,
catalpa, locust,hickory,...........
 

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Chestnut, poplar,walnut, butternut,
red oak, white oak, elm,ash, beech,
catalpa, locust,hickory,...........
Welp, that pretty much narrowed it down to every Hardwood in the Eastern United States...LOL
 

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Neo is going to top 10K posts tonight :clap:
Man, I thought I had a shot at getting there before him back in February.:w00t: I'll conceed as of this moment.:notworthy
 

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what about heart pine? seeing as your house is 'that' old the tight growth rings may fit the picture. If it's been gouged over the years (furniture, dog nails, etc...) consider it a softwood...so is it a softwood or hardwood?

 

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The little pores look oak like...

I would try to run a scew throught it, oak always splits on me if I try to screw it.

Then cut a few pieces and snort the saw dust and see how much it irritates your nostrels.:laughing:
 
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