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Fine wood find but what kind, Walnut I think and for sale

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Project by studie posted 05-24-2010 08:24 AM 3032 views 0 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This large stack of wood is for sale and since I’m the wood guy in the area they asked me to run a board thru the planer & have you all give a word or two. I think it’s Walnut as it’s a grey to brown in raw state but look at it when I brushed water on it after planing & sanding to #180! I’ll get the amount of wood figured out tomorrow and it’s a heavy 3/4 ton truck load for sure. A few boards are 3” x 15” x 12’ but many are 1 1/2” x 9” x 8’. This has been in a storage unit for about a year with wax on the ends and stacked with stickers very well. Dry and cured I’m sure. I would love to buy it but we don’t even know the value of it or the exact kind of wood it is yet. Walnut must be a rare find here in Wa state & quite a find as this is a real thrill. Anyone have an opinion on specie and or value? Should I trade my car for it? And what would you build with it? It shows to be milled on a circular mill by the saw marks.

-- $tudie





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patron

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#1 posted 05-24-2010 08:32 AM

looks like walnut to me ,
go ahead and trade the car for it ,
send the wood to me .

i will make you a little box with some of it ,

and keep the rest for my effort (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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JuniorJoiner

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#2 posted 05-24-2010 08:33 AM

you have big leaf maple there, it is the heartwood from a very large tree. I wouldn’t trade my car for it.
no doubt in my mind, I have a ton of it.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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studie

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#3 posted 05-24-2010 08:43 AM

David, I was hoping you would see this. I will get a cut of the find either way but I could get it all for some kind of trade as he is a good friend. I just need to be fair. I’ll try to find the price for Walnut in raw form & then convince him that he really needs a Rambler station wagon! A box from you would be priceless either way!

-- $tudie

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childress

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#4 posted 05-24-2010 08:45 AM

Walnut is indistinguishable in smell when milled. You should have known as soon as you milled it, unless you’ve never worked with walnut before.

-- Childress Woodworks

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studie

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#5 posted 05-24-2010 08:48 AM

J J I will have another look at some of the bark again which I thought looked like Maple but the wood is so much darker than maple I think it’s something else. Thanks guys!

-- $tudie

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studie

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#6 posted 05-24-2010 08:57 AM

Have not worked with Walnut before and only planed the 1 board shown here. With the DC pulling chips from the planer and the Festool vac on the sander I couldn’t smell it at all, but good point Childress. I wear a mask too but I’ll do some more planing as this is so cool to learn a new skill! Thanks

-- $tudie

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 08:59 AM

the piece with finish might be cherry?? I have never seen maple around here that dark.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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studie

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#8 posted 05-24-2010 09:10 AM

I only brushed water on a section of it sanded to #180 but from the pic, looks like finish. It’s a dark wood for sure. I think it got lost hitchhiking from the east coast!

-- $tudie

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#9 posted 05-24-2010 09:11 AM

I would say it looks like walnut too.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#10 posted 05-24-2010 09:16 AM

I would think that it is either cherry or walnut. I would be inclined toward cherry because of the slight redish tint that it has on the part you sanded and brushed with water, but I haven’t ever worked with walnut so I am not very familiar with it.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 05-24-2010 09:22 AM

The grain doesn’t look right for walnut, plus the color is why I guessed cherry.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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jevarn71

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#12 posted 05-24-2010 11:31 AM

If I had to guess, I’d say it looks like mahogany. Especially the the “wet” pictures. The walnut I have worked with is more of a purpleish grey when finished/wet and not the redish brown that appears in the pictures.

-- Jason - Aim High!!

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rance

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#13 posted 05-24-2010 01:13 PM

I’m not sure how big leaf maple differs from regular maple. I’ve seen some dark areas in maple, but not the whole board. The dry side of pic #2 looks exactly like Walnut, which I’ve planed plenty. Whatever it is, it looks nice.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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richgreer

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#14 posted 05-24-2010 01:58 PM

It’s always difficult to determine what a wood is based on pictures. I like to feel, lift and smell the wood. I am not certain what wood it is but my first guess would be cherry. I have some rough sawn cherry in my inventory right now and I walked out to look at it and I can see that this wood could very well be cherry. Cherry also has a distinct smell when you mill it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 05-24-2010 02:05 PM

I’m going with walnut. It does look like it could be cherry, because there is a reddish cast in the photo. Cherry has a nice sweet kind of smell when cut. I don’t see any gum pockets, which is a give-away for cherry. I pay $3.00 bft for walnut in Cleveland. Walnut isn’t cheap, but don’t trade you car for it!

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