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08-01-2015 10:58 PM

Bought it from a guy closing his cabinet shop. He forgot what it was. Said he thought it was walnut. I knew it wasn’t walnut even then—not nearly as dense.

Other than that I have no clue. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Cory


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#1 posted 08-02-2015 12:28 AM

spalted maple?rainbow poplar?

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 12:42 AM



spalted maple?rainbow poplar?

- daddywoofdawg

It’s not very hard. I was just poking it with the corner of my scale. Maybe a little softer than the poplar I have (I have a lot of poplar). Definitely not as soft as pine though.

It’s overall darker than poplar too. How soft is “soft” maple?

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Cory

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 12:57 AM

Pear?? I actually have no idea, but I have some pear wood with similar color – and it’s not very hard…

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 01:06 AM


It s overall darker than poplar too. How soft is “soft” maple?

- Cory

Depends on the species. Some are still quite a bit harder than walnut, while silver maple is just a bit harder than poplar. Silver maple is very plain and very light colored, though, so not what you have there.

Doesn’t look anything like the pear I’ve used, which is also pretty hard, though easy to work. I don’t know what the various species look like, however.

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#5 posted 08-02-2015 01:09 AM

Sycamore can have similar colors, and is pretty soft.

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#6 posted 08-02-2015 01:40 AM

Box elder?

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 01:56 AM

^ That might be a good possibility and would fit the look and hardness.

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#8 posted 08-02-2015 02:14 AM

Looking at Google images, I’m thinking it’s either sycamore or box elder. Leaning toward sycamore.

Seems like they have similar properties, regardless.

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Cory

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#9 posted 08-02-2015 02:16 AM

Does it have a strange odor when cutting?

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#10 posted 08-02-2015 02:17 AM



Does it have a strange odor when cutting?

- ShaneA

Not that I noticed and I was sort of looking out for that.

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#11 posted 08-02-2015 05:23 AM

My first guess would be box elder.

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#12 posted 08-02-2015 04:45 PM

Thanks everyone for being so helpful. Gotta love this place.

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#13 posted 08-02-2015 05:00 PM

Ambrosia maple

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#14 posted 08-03-2015 02:13 AM

I believe that it is sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua.

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