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A while back a buddy of mine gave me some lumber that was just hanging out in his garage when he bought the house. The previous owner said that the wood was close to 100 years old. anyways, i had no idea what I would do with it because it looked pretty bad. today I decided to run a couple pieces through the planer and see what happened. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased.

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and here's a small piece that I cut off the end:


I still have no idea what to do with it. I'm sure I'll think of something. Anybody have any idea what kind of wood this is?
 

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The second picture looks like poplar to me. The third and fourth looks like yellow pine. The only problem working old wood like that is it gets a lot of dirt and crud in the surface of the wood and it quickly dulls the blades. You might put some old blades in the planer to get the surface off. Once you get past that it should be great.
 

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I took one piece of it and put a bottle opener on it and I'm going to hang it up in my squadron's bar. I made a cap catcher box out of the same board too.



I'll post some pics of the stuff up on the wall tomorrow.
 

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The only problem working old wood like that is it gets a lot of dirt and crud in the surface of the wood and it quickly dulls the blades. You might put some old blades in the planer to get the surface off. Once you get past that it should be great.
+1. I like to use a stiff wire brush with the grain, then shop vac the surface. you'd be amazed at the dirt that comes off these boards.
 

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My guess would be the first does not smell like the second planed piece. WAG on 1 is elm. Wag on 2. you should be able to tell by smell but either pine or doug fir.
 
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