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recycle1943

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05-15-2018 05:45 PM

A while back I bought some lumber somewhere and in the pile I came across two 5/4×8” x 8’ planks. At first glance I thought them to be white oak, then I picked one up and knew it wasn’t oak – way too light.
I planed one down to see what I had and found it had a little cupping but no twist nor bow so I ended up with a treal nice plank 15/15” thick and 8’ long.
To my surprise, the more I planed the more attractive the plank became but now I still don’t know what I have. I am hopeing that the vast knowledge base on here will help me out.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them


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#1 posted 05-15-2018 06:09 PM

Could be holly.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 07:45 PM



Could be holly.

- Gene Howe

is that a tree – never heard of/used holly before

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 07:48 PM

just googled, couldn’t find anything with the rusty red color

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-15-2018 08:31 PM

Hi Dick,
I can’t tell without smelling it and that is not for certain. I have a couple boards that are real light too, different grains and I don’t have a clue what they are, but they made a nice light folding step stool! Take it to Woodcraft to see if they can ID it.

Cheers, Jim

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 09:00 PM

Poplar maybe. You’d know by the weight and
grain if you’ve handled it before. I think it can
get into that color range, though perhaps
it’s uncommon.

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William Shelley

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#6 posted 05-15-2018 09:04 PM

It looks like really clear pine maybe. Can you post a photo of the end grain?

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 05-15-2018 10:57 PM

Loren – I ruled out poplar, no green and the feel and lack of grain pattern

William, funny thing – the first thing my wife said was pine but I have NEVER seen pine with the rusty red color

Jim – I can’t pick up any aroma and I would have thought by planing it the pine scent would have been strong

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 05-15-2018 11:23 PM

Looks like a lot of the so called “brown maple” some lumber places have around my area in Central Indiana. So a soft maple species like silver or red maple.

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#9 posted 05-15-2018 11:44 PM

Is this a match? It is some wood I salvaged from a Flowering Crabapple.

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#10 posted 05-16-2018 12:37 AM

Try these sites:

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

http://www.woodfinder.com/woods/woodindex.php

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#11 posted 05-16-2018 11:46 AM

Sure looks like hickory. All the colors are right. A close up of the end grain using razor knife to make a clean slice will confirm.

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#12 posted 05-16-2018 12:00 PM

Based on what we can see…a guess is Danny Hansley is on it . How about weight ? That seems to be theĀ“holdup for my guess. Too much grain (not figure) for Holly. Southern holly has no distinct brown heartwood, maybe up north it does. My neck of the north-florida woods is called “Holly Branch” We have a boatload of the stuff. No brown heartwood ever seen here. How you doing Dick ? Hope you are well. How is the experimenting coming with the Resin additions ? I am looking for a larger paint pot to refurbish as a pressure pot for casting bubble free blanks for larger works. Goodon’ya, Don Schneider, Havana

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TheFridge

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#13 posted 05-16-2018 12:24 PM

Alder. Definitely.

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#14 posted 05-16-2018 12:28 PM

It doesn’t look “grainy” enough for Hickory, although the color is close… but if it’s so light that it’s not Oak, then it’s certainly NOT Hickory.

My guess, without seeing close-ups of the grain, is some kind of Aspen/Poplar/Cottonwood. True, Poplar tends to come in green/purple/black/very light brown, but the fibrous edges point me to the kind of grain pattern typical of those types of trees.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#15 posted 05-16-2018 12:56 PM

I’m leaning to pine of some sort because of the weight and it marks easily with a fingernail. I cut a piece off with my cordless and got a couple pics of the end grain. Maybe this will help – still doesn’t smell like pine but you can’t trust my sniffer ‘cause I can fart, don’t hear it nor smell it. so who’s the lucky one ?

The top pic is the cut off, second one is the plank

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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