Molding: What type of wood is this?

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Old 09-20-08, 02:40 PM
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Molding: What type of wood is this?

I need to replace some molding and I am trying to find out what type of wood that I currently have, it doesn't even seem like it's real to me. It's light like pine, the grain is somewhat like oak, but it also looks like a pressed wood. Any ideas?

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As you said, it might not be real. It could be one of those composites. Matching moulding is always a problem.
 
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Old 09-21-08, 03:51 AM
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No, it's real. I did a remodel in a home locally and they had this in the upstairs with a boat load in storage for me to use in the basement. It smells a little like cedar, but I think it may be Douglas Fir. Tight grain, but lightweight. Copes nicely without chipout.
 
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Old 09-21-08, 07:44 AM
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Well, depending on where it came from, it could be one of the lighter colors of meranti. Check the endgrain if you can. Looks sorta like a pre-finished T molding for flooring, except w/o the bottom of the T. Can't really see the profile.

http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/meranti.htm
 
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Old 09-21-08, 10:45 AM
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Well, GG. you may have solved the mystery. It does look like what I used in the house, here, and what the OP posted. Good to know the answer.
 
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Old 09-21-08, 11:04 AM
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Don't thank me, thank the guy I used to work with who was in the lumber industry from sawmills, to millworks, to lumberyards, to wholesale, to retail for 30yrs.

But it is real common for uses like imported flooring trim parts and cabinetry trim, from what I've been told. It can go anywhere from tightgrain like beech to oak-like grain.

And actually, that could maybe be beech as well? Really hard to tell, unless yer one of those wood smelling guys I've seen....lol
 
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Old 09-21-08, 11:49 AM
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I'll have to admit, I love the smell of wood. Cedar is #1, White oak is #99, since it smells like cat pee. Sort of like the difference between a good Cabernet and Mad Dog 20-20
 
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