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Leah Frances 07-09-2009 08:06 PM

New timber is not the same as old growth - PIC

The pressure treated on the left has 12 rings, it is nominally a 4x4.

The old growth beam on the right has 32 rings, and is an actual four inches wide!

BTW pic is from the repair of my porch - the old timber isn't just from an old growth tree. It is old period. It was milled over 204 years ago! :eek:

Scuba_Dave 07-09-2009 08:21 PM

Yup, that's why old growth timber & lumber is worth $$

Maintenance 6 07-10-2009 01:54 PM

Treated lumber is normally southern yellow pine which is a fast growing tree. What species is the wood on the right? The finish size would be determined by how it was milled, dried and finished, not the age of the tree. A tree milled at 32 years of age is not partiicularly old, even today. A piece of lumber milled 200 years ago is old though. I have to agrree that farm raised second cut timber is not the same as original growth timber.

Leah Frances 07-10-2009 08:15 PM

Finish size is irrelevant. It's the DENSITY of the wood that impresses me.

The wood on the right: it's yellow pine, too.

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