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post #1 of 8 Old 09-20-2014, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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I have about 30 board feet of american chestnut that I'm trying to figure out what to do with it. It looks like old fence boards and so is rough sawn at the moment.


It is all flat sawn and seems pretty similar to flat sawn oak, although you can see a definite difference in the pores.


I donít usually care for flat sawn oak furniture but Iím willing to make an exception for this project. Any ideas for what I could do?
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Love to see some pictures of the grain, and also some dimensions before making recommendations.
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I wish I lived closer cause I would take it off your hands. I agree with scootch, photos would help.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-21-2014, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry about that, The boards are 8' long, 8 inches wide and just over 3/4" thick. there are 8 of them. They are still rough sawn.

Here are some grain images from a picture frame my grandfather made with a piece of this wood.

Chestnut frame

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Here are some grain images from a picture frame my grandfather made with a piece of this wood.

Chestnut frame
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Why do you need something for which to use it. At some time in the future you will find a project that need to be built. At that time you may wish you had these boards.

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That kinda looks more like Oak, JMHO. Is the wood you have real light weight? Oak is heavier than Chestnut, Chestnut is light in weight, sorta like Western Cedar, but not as soft. If you do have Chestnut, it makes some of the best box turkey calls you can find.

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I agree with Big Jim ...looks more like oak. The A. Chestnut I've seen had a more porous grain BUT pictures can be misleading. part looked like red oak and some like chestnut "rock" oak (white oak family except not rot resistant).

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