What species is this board?

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  1. Rigel7

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    Here it is, folks. The dumbest question ever asked on this forum: what is this board?
    I was thinking pine, but it's quite hard. Can't dent it with my finger nail anyway.
    Different answers from anyone I've asked off site. Looks like someone was going to use it for a stair string.
     

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    Hard to tell from the straight on angle, but it still could be pine. Southern Yellow Pine to be exact. Very hard.

    If it were local to me, I'd say it looks like doug fir. Essentially, construction dimensional lumber. Up your way that might be spruce, not sure. Meaning, I don't know if you have doug fir readily available. I doubt that's spruce.
     
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    Circumstantially I'm leaning towards spruce. I'm not good with softwood. To me it all looks pine-ish.
     
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    Pine
     
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    I’m going with some sort of pine also
     
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    Not Doug Fir-- the grain is not straight enough and the coalescence of knots together as in the example is not that common with DF.

    I go with Pine of some sort. It looks like a 1x12 that the big home improvement stores sell.
     
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    It's actually about 1 3/4 thick, and 9 or so wide.
    You've hit on something though, is there a different angle or better kind of photo I could take that would help I.D. it?
     
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    Tree.
     
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    So... lumber? I know it used to be a tree, friend :p
     
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    Well, that knocks the wind out of my joke.
     
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    Need a close up, but the light-dark contrast of early and late wood look very much like Yellow Pine, which is harder than Spruce, firs, and the typical "pine" substitutes at the lumberyard, or as used in modern products.
     
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    Even though that was my best guess, too, it seems odd to find that in Nova Scotia, not pressure-treated. The stuff is all over down south, but here in CT that's the only time we see it - for decks and such. Canada doesn't seem any closer - and Canada doesn't seem like the kind of place needing to import SYP from the States! They've got a few trees :lol:


    Not really helpful, but I remember now, up that way, they sell SPF (Spruce Pine Fir), meaning don't know which, don't care.
     
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    "Seems like a husky merlot" seems to answer a lot of questions these days.

    It also makes people stop asking me things.

    Saskatchewan--was that ever a real thing?
     
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    I'm pretty sure that's Souhern Yellow Pine. I sold a lot of it in lumber yards between '81 and '88. I'd bet a lot that it's not spruce. Plus, SYP is used a lot for stair parts and just about all treated lumber is SYP. Check your non-redwood decks and the grain should match.
     
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    Looks like a pine. Take a single pass with a hand saw near the end and give the kerf a sniff. If it smells like pine, it's not acacia!
     
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    I don't know what it is for certain, but why do you think you could dent pine with your fingernails?

    Kind of looks like pine based on those knots.
     
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    If it is hard, I would go along with the masses here and say yellow pine. Doesn't look like spruce from a grain perspective and not Doug fir from the color.
     
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