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Help identify wood species

by Tm125690
posted 08-12-2017 04:26 PM


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 08-12-2017 06:31 PM

I think it’s alder. About 100% sure.

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#2 posted 08-12-2017 07:33 PM

Fridge- you beat me to again- Alder

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#3 posted 08-12-2017 07:59 PM

:)

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#4 posted 08-12-2017 08:09 PM

Thank you so much for your help!! From my initial reading it sounds as if I will still want to use a pre-stain conditioner. (Planning to use general finishes water based Pre-stain conditioner, general finishes water based wood stain, and then 4-5 coats of waterlox to finish it).

I will post photos after staining/finishing!( though this will take about 2 weeks until I get a chance to stain it).

Thanks so much,
Tim

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#5 posted 08-12-2017 10:42 PM

Wait a minute cowboy you said the table was purchased at the pottery barn .
My guess is rubber wood.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 08-12-2017 10:50 PM

Does “rubber wood” come in Alder?

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#7 posted 08-13-2017 12:42 AM

I believe it does.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 08-13-2017 10:16 AM



Wait a minute cowboy you said the table was purchased at the pottery barn .
My guess is rubber wood.

- Aj2


Yep.
Pottery Barn screams ‘not domestic’. Looks like Rubberwood to me as well.
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/rubberwood.htm

AKA…Fridgea Alderiliensis

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#9 posted 08-13-2017 11:03 AM

AND… it’s a royal bi+ch to stain, I just used a part of a table top i salvaged from what someone was dumping that was the same wood. I had to do it over because of how it will absorb the stain. Be very meticulous with your sanding, I hand sanded a few places after finishing up with the ROS and those spots were very noticeable. If I don’t put the rest of the table top into the fire pit, I’ll use a gel stain next time and blend the color a bit better. There are several LJ’s here with more experience than I do they might recommend dewaxed shellac first, but I’ve never used and can’t offer any tips there. You might want to start another thread for staining rubber wood and get some advice from Charles Neil.

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#10 posted 08-13-2017 02:17 PM

I would have guessed alder 8^)

With something like that with questionable staining qualities, I’d go for a sealing with shellac and then color it with toners mixed in with a clear topcoat.

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#11 posted 08-14-2017 12:55 AM

If it’s from Pottery Barn, no telling which tropical wood it might be, it’s whatever grows in the Philippines…or India…or Mexico… and it’s whatever they had on hand that day at the factory.

Doesn’t matter what wood it is. It’s not a valuable hardwood, so knowing the exact species is kind of superfluous, right? How would knowing the species matter to your finishing routine? Pick a stain you like, apply and see what happens.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#12 posted 08-14-2017 01:17 AM

Wow! I never heard of such a thing as “Rubber Wood” – Again, Aj2 you are the Meister…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#13 posted 08-14-2017 02:22 AM

I believe rubberwood is just a sub-species of alder with the same working characteristics as the parentwood because of the predominant parenchyma bands in the margins around the pores where they meet the medullary rays.

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#14 posted 08-14-2017 02:40 AM

Haven’t lost a wood I’d yet.
Except for the Alder one :)

-- Aj

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#15 posted 08-14-2017 02:44 AM

Me neither. Because everything is a sub species of alder. The first wood ever discovered.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#16 posted 08-14-2017 02:53 AM

Good nite guys. LOL
forever Alder!


Haven t lost a wood I d yet.
Except for the Alder one :)

- Aj2


Respectfully, thank you for enlighting us on “rubber wood”

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#17 posted 08-14-2017 02:55 AM

You won this battle…

But alder has won the war….

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#18 posted 08-14-2017 02:59 AM



You won this battle…

But alder has won the war….

- TheFridge


Always will!

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#19 posted 08-14-2017 10:16 AM


The first wood ever discovered.

- TheFridge


Wrong. Goes like this…
Morning wood, then early wood, then late wood.

margins around the pores

- TheFridge

I knew you were a fony…..everybody knows that butter is better than margins…duuhh…

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#20 posted 08-14-2017 12:12 PM

I also believe that it is imported rubber wood.

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#21 posted 08-14-2017 06:21 PM

Wow! Learn something new every day!

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#22 posted 08-14-2017 07:52 PM

Busted…

Why’d you have to out me tony. I’ve had a very comfortable closet that I have to evacuate now.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#23 posted 08-14-2017 10:58 PM



Busted…

Why d you have to out me tony. I ve had a very comfortable closet that I have to evacuate now.

- TheFridge


Your welcome ;)

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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