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Posted on Need help in IDing this wood

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 10:43 AM

I’ve sawed a lot of both cherry and maple. I’ve seen cherry that was as light as maple when freshly cut and some maple that was as dark as cherry. Especially red maple. I’ve also seen those quartersawn flecks in both maple and cherry. The easy way to tell which you have is to sand a small piece and put some tung oil on it, then put it in the sun. The maple will darken slightly when you rub in the oil, so will the cherry, but in a short time the cherry will darken a lot.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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