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What woods do I have here?

Clearing out some storage in the house we bought, I ran across a few things I thought maybe somebody here could ID.

I found 4 boards of what some locals call "light-me-not." They say it's hard to light, but burns hot if you get it going. Here's some pictures:

End Grain


Face Grain


Edge Grain


Then there's this slab, with a finish that's less than stellar.


And it sets on this stump.


There's another piece of that stump I stuck in my wood rack, just in case it's worth keeping.


So is any of this worth keeping, or does it go in the burn pile?

Thanks for your help!

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Boards look like Oak to me.






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I concur. :-). The last pic is definitely oak.

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This one looks like cedar to me.
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The first three pictures look like western cedar to me. The slab (or cookie) looks like bald cypress. The stump is too weathered to tell. The last picture I can't see enough of it to tell. Kinda looks like ash.

A lot would depend on your taste in projects whether the wood was usable or not. There are a lot of folks here that could make good use of the wood especially the cookie.
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Thanks to all. I'm planning to strip the bald cypress "cookie" and clean the stump and level its top, then go from there. It's been doing duty as a table on the back porch since I found it, but it will look a lot nicer cleaned up and finished.

I'll take a sample from the "light-me-not" boards and see if I can detect any cedar smell... or would it have a distinctive odor at all? I should probably have mentioned I'm in south-central Florida... if my name didn't give it away.

I'll find a use for all of it sooner or later. It all seemed worthwhile, but as a newbie I figured some expert opinions would be helpful.
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I should probably have mentioned I'm in south-central Florida... if my name didn't give it away.
How long have you lived in Sebring?






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How long have you lived in Sebring?
We moved here from Bradenton in October.
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Thanks to all. I'm planning to strip the bald cypress "cookie" and clean the stump and level its top, then go from there. It's been doing duty as a table on the back porch since I found it, but it will look a lot nicer cleaned up and finished.

I'll take a sample from the "light-me-not" boards and see if I can detect any cedar smell... or would it have a distinctive odor at all? I should probably have mentioned I'm in south-central Florida... if my name didn't give it away.

I'll find a use for all of it sooner or later. It all seemed worthwhile, but as a newbie I figured some expert opinions would be helpful.
That type of cedar really doesn't have much of an odor. It would smell like a cedar fence picket. The cedar that has a cedar chest smell is Eastern red cedar.
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