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Project by Nick424 posted 11-06-2016 12:40 PM 1058 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

5 X 5 X 7 inches

My work has me visiting each of our 12 plants twice a year. All of the maintenance men know that I do hobby woodworking now, so several of them are keep thier eyes open for pieces of wood that may come in as blocking, or dunnage and they save it for me.

This piece came from Joe in Baltimore. It was rough sawn, about three feet long one inck thick, and very heavy. After planing one side I could see the beautiful spalting in it, but I don’t know what it is. It looks punky, but it is very solid.

My guess would be Ash, or maybe Hickory. One thing I found odd, although it was very heavy and dense it really soaked up the Danish oil I used for a finish. I had to go over it six or seven times before it quit soaking in, unlike Oak that only takes one or two.

If you can tell me what it is, it would be appreciated.

Nick





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Matthew

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#1 posted 11-06-2016 01:00 PM

Looks good, I’ve seen pecan look like that before

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#2 posted 11-06-2016 01:56 PM

Great looking box. I like the way the splines blend in with the rest. I could only guess ( and I’m no pro) could be spalted sycamore with those tiny grain lines.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 03:51 PM

Splated wood looks awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 07:40 PM

looks like sycamore to me as well

Keith

-- Keith H. I don't need more gadgets; I need more skills

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#5 posted 11-06-2016 09:40 PM

DoubleDD and Keith, I never used Sycamore before. Does it tend to suck up finish more than other woods?

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#6 posted 11-07-2016 01:40 AM

Looks a lot like my spalted hickory. I had some spalted sycamore, but I don’t believe your wood is that. I’d go with hickory for looks and weight.

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#7 posted 11-07-2016 02:10 AM

Nick, I did a lot of turning with sycamore wood before but never spalted sycamore. As with any wood that is spalting, it will have a tendency to soak up a lot of finish. I built a lot of furniture for my home with hickory and none of it has those tiny spaced grain lines as you would see in sycamore. Just my 2 cents and what I’m observing in your picture.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 11-07-2016 03:04 AM

I thin pecan

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#9 posted 11-07-2016 03:04 AM

I think pecan

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#10 posted 11-07-2016 03:10 AM


I think pecan

- oldwood


I think you and Matthew might be correct. I just did a google image search, and it looks just like my board! The spalted one they showed.

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#11 posted 11-08-2016 12:20 AM

Don’t know what the wood is but whatever it is it’s beautiful work! Love the 1st photo of it.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#12 posted 11-08-2016 12:41 AM

I’ll second the spalted pecan assessment … beautiful. Great mitering job!

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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BulldogLouisiana

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#13 posted 11-08-2016 03:41 PM

I have lots and lots of spalted sycamore, and it’s a pretty light to medium weight wood. My first guess was hickory, and pecan is a hickory, so..I’ll third or fourth the possibility of it being pecan.

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