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post #1 of 7 Old 02-24-2020, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Oak or Chestnut?

Hi. I am new to this forum and I have a question. I came across some old 2x6s from a barn in East TN. At first glance, I thought this was oak. But now I think it's something else. It looks like oak but does not have any visible rays. I think it might be chestnut. I'm not quite sure how to finish this if so. Is tung oil appropriate? Thank you!
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-25-2020, 09:44 AM
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Looks like red oak to me. If you put one end in water and blow on the other... bubbles will appear in the water.

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Gary,

Thanks for your input. I put one coat of linseed oil on the end grain to see what it looked like, and it gave it a mild reddish tint. You can see that in one of the end grain pics and not in the other to show the difference. Before that, it was a lighter golden color. The main thing is that red oak has obvious rays running perpendicular to the grain, and chestnut does not. This wood does not, so I think I have ruled out oak.
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Yes, you are right about the rays. Somehow, I don't think it is ash either.
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I contacted a forest products extension from local university's dept of ag. He looked at the pics and said it very much appears to be chestnut but asked that I mail him a small sample to verify. So I will do that. Thanks, guys!
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Oak and chestnut can sometimes look quite similar but oak is much denser and therefore, a heavier wood.
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Thumbs up Update

Update on the wood. It turns out that it is American Chestnut and was confirmed by a sample I sent to the Forest Products Extension of the University of TN.

Thanks for all of your comments!
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