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Please help me identify this wood

Hey guys. I haven't interacted on the forum for the last couple of years but I have been very busy. My wife and I opened a store where we sell home décor items that we order and furniture that I build mostly from reclaimed wood. I'm happy to say that I've staid busy since the day we opened. Anyway, I have a large supply of 2x4's right now that came out of an old chicken house and no one can be sure about what the wood is. Some of it looks a lot like cedar or redwood and that's what I'm hoping it is so I can make outdoor tables with it. But it doesn't have a cedar smell when milling it. I've been told by several people that not all cedar has the distinctive smell so I don't know. I'm also wondering if maybe there is more than one species of wood in the mix. Here are some pics and I hope someone has a strong feeling about what it is :)
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Looks like cypress to me.
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Looks like cypress to me.
Cypress would be a good outdoor wood too!

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It looks like cedar to me, that has aged out and lost it's color and smell. Could be wrong though. JMHO
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It looks like cedar to me, that has aged out and lost it's color and smell. Could be wrong though. JMHO
I've milled a lot of old cedar and that smell is still there. Love milling cedar in the shop But I have been told that there are some species of cedar that doesn't smell...

I had one guy tell me he thinks its fir and he's a pretty smart guy but I'm not seeing that. Ugh.

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I've milled a lot of old cedar and that smell is still there. Love milling cedar in the shop But I have been told that there are some species of cedar that doesn't smell...

I had one guy tell me he thinks its fir and he's a pretty smart guy but I'm not seeing that. Ugh.
Come to think of it, I have milled a lot of really old cedar and you are right, it did still have the smell. I also love the smell of cedar for about 30 minutes then it starts to smell bad to me for some reason.
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I reckon that’s cedar . I’ve had some port Orford cedar lose it’s smell
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Looks good!

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The board on the top of the picture looks a lot like Mesquite, with the dark, curly and bright yellow contrast. Likely it is not. Nice looking boards!
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I'm thinking heart pine, cedar and hickory.


Its a close call but I'm leaning more towards heart pine mainly because of the grain pattern.


The cedar I found the odor thing isn't necessarily true. If its really old stuff I think it may be oxidized all the way thru.

I recently used some cedar (southern red) that has been in the attic of my barn about 30 years.

When I planed it, it was brown, not purple or red.

And I was surprised there was no cedar smell at all.
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