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Shall we play a game?... Identify the mystery wood!? With Pics!

by BCurrent
posted 12-30-2012 12:22 AM


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Dallas

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#1 posted 12-30-2012 12:26 AM

Looks like some elm I have drying which gets darker as it ages.

Someone with more experience than I will chime in soon.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 12-30-2012 12:32 AM

Alder and red birch come to mind.

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#3 posted 12-30-2012 12:47 AM

maybe what the others said, but it looks a little like some hickory i’ve seen, but i don’t know if I think thats right

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 03:16 AM

2 of the boards look like cherry to me. 3rd and 4th one from the top in the large picture. Others not sure.

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 03:53 AM

I also see some Cherry and Red Birch and a third that I’m not sure of.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 12-30-2012 03:54 AM

I was moving some boards around earlier some of which were elm. Two of the boards (top two in 1st pic and the right two in the second pic) look exactly like it. The other two look like cherry.

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#7 posted 12-30-2012 03:57 AM

Thanks for the guesses so far… I’ll add another 2 cents…

There are actually four pics shown… the top and bottom are of 4 boards… same boards, just different angle with the top pic having the white melamine shelf piece across the boards at the bottom of the pic. The middle two pics are close-ups? of the boards split into two pics… upper pic is of the two ‘right-hand’ boards, the third pic is of the ‘left-hand two boards. hope that helps.

Now that Wdwerker has guessed, I do recall the the guy I bought it from mentioned red birch… is that what birch looks like with all the grain and such? I’ve never worked with birch lumber, only plywood and it does not really look or feel like birch ply…

Dallas, doesn’t Elm have a pretty distinct odor? This wood has virtually no odor, even when being planed which I thought unusual.

BentheViking and Willardz, it’s not Hickory or Cherry, I’m familiar with both of those and this is not like those. It’s not hard enough to be Hickory, I have some left over Hickory flooring and that is some hard wood! It does resemble the coloring of hickory a little tho. Cherry certainly has a unique feel to it so I know it’s not Cherry either.

Thanks again,
Bill C.

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#8 posted 12-30-2012 04:49 AM

Looks like Birch, it has a lot of color and grain variation, takes on many appearances.

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#9 posted 12-30-2012 05:56 AM

I’d say two of those boards are cherry… bottom pic, the two on the left..

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#10 posted 12-30-2012 07:57 AM

ash ash ash thats my guess

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#11 posted 12-30-2012 01:23 PM

It is birch in my opinion. Most times the color code on end of the board is a length designation.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#12 posted 12-30-2012 03:27 PM

This is made from just one piece of Birch about 1&1/4” wide , cut to length and glued back together. Talk about grain and color variations : ) This is why I love Birch so much !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 12-30-2012 03:38 PM

Thanks all, I think the verdict is in and we’ll call them birch. I believe the two on the right are more of the ‘red birch’ if there is such a thing… while the other 2 are regular birch.

Wow Dusty56, that is a beautiful piece… whatever it is! Maybe a seat or ?? I believe it to be very similar to my wood in that a lot of mine has that ‘shine’ to it, though you can’t really see it in the pictures. Guess that’s what I was trying to say when I mentioned the ‘curl’.

I’d like to thank everyone who chimed in to help solve my mystery, now I can move forward with some confidence that I’m not using some weird wood!

Bill C.

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#14 posted 12-30-2012 03:44 PM

BC , here is my project link. It is a lazy Susan that I made for a friend. You can’t see the base in the photos. : )
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7732

ps.The “curl” is known as Flame Birch : )

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#15 posted 12-30-2012 04:33 PM

The difference is probably sapwood vs heart wood. Middle of the tree wood gets darker, newer wood is lighter.

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#16 posted 12-30-2012 04:43 PM

Yeah, some elm does have a strong odor, but the stuff I have drying here doesn’t. I’ve been trying to identify the species of elm it is, but haven’t had any luck yet.

The more I look at your boards they do look like birch.

The Cherry I just got in from MA. is a lot darker than what your boards look, it’s about half way between Black Walnut and your wood.

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#17 posted 12-31-2012 01:09 PM

Cedar elm in your area, Dallas, has a strong, urine-like odor, I have been told.

http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=912

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#18 posted 12-31-2012 01:30 PM

Yup, we’ve got some cedar elm, I have to go cut a couple of those down next week. Nasty wood when it’s bug killed, the bark falls of when you are cutting the tree down and clips you in the head.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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