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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 04-29-2011 02:36 AM

Jason -
I have been using pallet wood for several years. The pallets come from many different locations in the US and abroad and
are made from locally available, low quality (rejected) wood. Some of the species that I can readily identify are red and white oak, poplar, willow, ash, maple, birch, fir, hemlock, northern and southern pine, cherry, and what looks like walnut sapwood. Pallets from Italy and china are a wood that looks like very soft maple. Occasionally I will get a fair quantity of some kind of mahogany and often I simply can’t identify a species, so I just use it for it’s own beauty.
Try looking on the internet for pictures of wood species. Here’s one site:
I have been cautioned that foreign pallets have been sprayed or soaked in insecticide that may be a health hazard.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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