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Wood Gloat and ID Question

by CharlieM1958
posted 12-11-2010 10:18 PM

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 10:24 PM

that last shot
looks like it could be alder

good score charlie

-- 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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#2 posted 12-11-2010 11:33 PM

I agree, great score!

I have some maple that has similar grain, either way, you win!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 11:40 PM

Wow Charlie – great score. If you need any help hauling away anymore – or need a place to store some :-)) let me know. What a great score! And based on where it is coming from, it should be some very smart wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 11:52 PM

I think it’s Birch, so I looked on the Wood ID Site to make sure.

I think I might be right. There’s a lot of Birch growing in this neck of the woods.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 12:30 AM

Haven’t the foggest idea of what the wood is. But one thing is sure…. you cannot pass up free wood!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 12-12-2010 12:34 AM

Bill, I thought about you. Our carpenters are keeping all the longer stuff for various repairs around campus as needed, and this was about all I could get. Had there been any more I would have called, because I don’t have room for much more anyway.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 12-12-2010 12:36 AM

Dick: Birch is a good possibility… I hadn’t thought of that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 12-12-2010 01:16 AM

Lucky you! I think it might be birch as well. Enjoy!

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#9 posted 12-12-2010 01:24 AM

Yellow birch looks a lot like maple and is as hard as maple I say yellow birch too.
White birch is of a light color.

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#10 posted 12-12-2010 02:36 AM

It doesn’t look like the Yellow Birch that I have. The sap wood is an ivory color and the heart wood is pink with ivory striping. It’s what I’m making my kitchen cabinets out of.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 12-12-2010 04:21 AM

No problem Charlie, always keep me in mind though :-)). One of these days I will get to gloat about some wood – other than the styff I buy.

Karson, you are a blessed man – so much wood and being retired – so much time :-)). Enjoy.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 12-12-2010 04:41 AM

Thanks for the planer tip Charlie ;-)) One of these days I’ll be new when I fire it up!!l

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

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#13 posted 12-12-2010 05:43 AM

Charlie I bought a load of short ends of birch to joint up for a bench top & they look exactly like the wood in your pic. for colour & grain pattern it has a sort of sheen that maple doesn’t. Whatever it is Charlie you did good & hey they look ideal for boxes
Seasons greetings to you

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#14 posted 12-12-2010 06:28 AM

Charlie, according to R. Bruce Hoadley, the best way ( and according to him, it makes sense) is to magnify the end grain , the book Identifying Wood, by R. Bruce Hoadley is a very good reference for IDing wood, I have seen fresh planed maple and cherry that is very difficult to tell apart, so looking at end grain with a magnifying glass and seeing the pics in the book will help a lot

-- Smitty!!!

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#15 posted 12-12-2010 06:47 AM

Smitty, thanks for the reference.

Karson, that does not look like my wood, but I’ll bet it is going to make some beautiful cabinets.

Bob, Times a’wastin’!

Trevor, Happy holidays to you as well.

Bill: Why are you calling Karson lucky? I thought you retired also. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#16 posted 12-12-2010 08:08 PM

nice Score Charlie!

It doesn’t look to be Cherry though. Although the grain can sometimes looks similar to Maple, Cherry is never that yellow – either whitish, or redish tones. Birch also has similar grain to Maple and IS indeed on the yellow side of things which might be what you’ve got there, or simply Maple.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#17 posted 12-13-2010 03:40 AM

It’s yellowbirch, the colors in yellow birch heartwood can vary from brownish red to a light pink

-- barlow

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#18 posted 01-18-2011 08:01 AM

Your tip on the planer is right on the money! I bought a powermatic 15S used this weekend, and it didn’t want to feed. I thought the rollers might be out of adjustment, but then I noticed the tables weren’t slick. I scoured them with a scotchbrite pad and then applied paste wax, and it worked like a brand new machine.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#19 posted 02-14-2011 07:57 AM

Nice score, Charlie!

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