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Wood Identification

by SomeClown
posted 02-25-2013 12:01 AM


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GaryL

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 12:05 AM

My guess would soft maple. But your close up looks to have more grain texture. ??

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 12:06 AM

Looks like birch to me. Not certain though. Birch has many looks, appearances, and colors.

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MattinCincy

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 12:18 AM

I would say maple, too, and a lot of shorts to boot!

-- Wag more, bark less.

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SomeClown

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 12:27 AM

Yeah, the guy who put in the floor (the homebuilder) tried to make things look nice and didn’t. Our home inspector at the time commented that it looked like Stevie Wonder did the finish work. He used really cheap materials where he could.

That said, the layout, structure, size, etc. was perfect for us so my wife and I are slowly redoing the finish work to our own tastes (wainscoting, crown, etc.). Slow process but rewarding. Right now we’re looking at putting in a reclaimed hardwood floor (wife wants 1 1/2” or 2 1/4” maple in the 1920’s style, but I’m pushing for Douglas Fir).

What the current floor is doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things since it was put in wrong anyhow (There are gaps in weird places and the guy put the cabinetry in before the floor). I’m mostly just curious.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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Dallas

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 12:27 AM

I put down some pecan 2nds that looked kind of like that. I wouldn’t swear that’s what it is, but it is similar.

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

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Gunney

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 12:37 AM

All the shots of the floor look like maple to me, but the close-up shot does look more like birch. If I really wanted to know for certain, I’d measure the density and compare it to common species used for flooring.

-- Patrick, Mobile, AL

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WDHLT15

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 01:35 AM

I am in the “Birch” Camp.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 03:55 AM

Looks like pecan or hickory to me

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 02-25-2013 05:47 AM

Hickory

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Robert_T

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 06:22 AM

Poplar is the first thing to pop into my head, but the side grain makes me think of Birch.

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Tony_S

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#11 posted 02-25-2013 10:47 AM

Hickory.

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 02-25-2013 11:28 AM

A couple of the pictures look like Hickory and some look like maple.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 02-25-2013 02:56 PM

My first instinct was hickory, but in most all the boards that are visible, the grain is not as course as what I am used to seeing in hickory.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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SomeClown

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#14 posted 02-25-2013 05:16 PM

Just found the original listing for our home (we bought it from the builder after he had a bout of bad luck in the downturned economy back in 2009) and the floor is listed as “3+ Inch Yellow Birch”. Just an FYI.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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thebigvise

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#15 posted 02-25-2013 05:19 PM

I’m glad that I didn’t cast my vote for maple before you gave us the answer.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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SomeClown

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#16 posted 02-25-2013 05:23 PM

Hey, my dad was a forestry major and worked for the Forest Service his entire career… he even went back and forth on the floor. Some of the newer wood floors are so processed, it’s hard to nail down exactly.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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