View Full Version : What type of wood

09-18-2003, 03:43 PM
I apoligize for the crappy photos. Maybe when Joe gets back to work I can borrow his camerea.

What I got here is some tent poles that I got for free, and I got quite a bit of them. They appear to have a tight grain pattern and have a pinkish hue to them. It looks a lot like the Doug Fir I've been buying at the store. Can you tell anything from these photos?



09-18-2003, 03:46 PM
Can't tell squat Chad, from that.

Joe (SoCal)
09-18-2003, 04:03 PM
First throw away that P.O.S camera then get a Leica Digilux 1 set the focus to macro take a shot at 4mega pixel post and THEN we can tell you what kind of wood it is :D Seriously even if you did all that I couldn't tell you what kind of wood it was anyway :D

09-18-2003, 04:04 PM
That sounds good either way Bob, whether it is Doug Fir or Spruce. I've got enough to laminate up and make spars and rub rails and seats with.


09-18-2003, 04:08 PM
Yeah Donn one pole is now and inch shorter.

Can't believe you Joe, you've now resorted to making fun of my camera. ;) This is the cheap camare that we take to the field to climb around inside building to take photos. No use taking a $800 camera while crawling around in attics and such.


09-18-2003, 06:18 PM
Can you tell anything from these photos?
A real short tent?

(Sorry smile.gif

Peter Malcolm Jardine
09-18-2003, 06:23 PM
could well be western red cedar too.

09-18-2003, 11:05 PM
Looks like "Treewood" to me....

John B
09-18-2003, 11:36 PM
I 'd like to know how you get that much clear space on your desk.

It's not lignum vitae.

09-19-2003, 10:18 AM
John I had to clear a space to take that photo.\

Better photos.






capt jake
09-19-2003, 10:38 AM
Looks like DF to me! smile.gif

Harry Miller
09-19-2003, 10:44 AM
It's octaganol?
Are you questioning the shape or the spelling?

Bruce Taylor
09-19-2003, 11:45 AM
Strong medullary rays...sitka, maybe.

09-19-2003, 11:51 AM
.you can probably narrow it down by finding the type of tree it came from.

Bill Perkins
09-19-2003, 12:51 PM
Chad that looks like clear Doug Fir ,for which I've been paying $4.80 /bf . What are the dimensions ?I need to check Army Surplus around here .

09-19-2003, 01:03 PM
Most of what I got is octagonal and measures 1-3/4". Some are octagonal and mesure 2-1/2" and than some of the bigger ridge beams are 2-1/2 x 3-1/4".

These pieces will come in useful for some of the smaller jobs on the boat. I'm thinking about open slat seats and also using them on the rub rail. May even get a spar or two from the mess. And last but not least if worse comes to worse I'll rip it up into 3/4" x 1/4" strips and use on my canoe that I'm stripping with Doug Fir.


Bill Perkins
09-19-2003, 03:19 PM
So Chad ,is our military switching to carbon fiber tent poles ? Will unwanted wooden ones show up all over the country ? This could be big .I drew the obvious 4 piece layup to see what maximum spar diameter would come out of these . I was suprised to see that if they were ripped in half , just as big a spar could be glued up with 4 halves , loseing just the thickness of the saw kerf from its' diameter .


09-19-2003, 03:26 PM
No, we aren't switching to carbon fiber poles as far as I know. These are poles from what is called a GP Medium tent. These were in excess and or non-servacable and had been replaced. They were going to throw them away, so I went and got them.


09-19-2003, 10:32 PM
Looks like Spruce to me. It's too porous to be D-fir IMHO. Might even be Cedar. Is it super duper light? Or does it have some heft to it?