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10-03-2015 05:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood species maple hickory sycamore reclaimed lumber

I recently did a removed a wall in my 1909 home in Cleveland. These are the studs I removed. At first I thought they were all Maple, like the rest I removed, but then I planed down these 5 and the coloring is way different than the rest. Hickory? Sycamore? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks guys! EDIT: I have added a few pics.

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#1 posted 10-03-2015 05:18 PM

Quarter sawn looks a lot like maple but the board below it in the middle pic looks kinda like sycamore. Not sure.

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

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 09:06 PM

+1 on the Sycamore. I was working just this morning with some (harvested from a neighbor’s storm damaged tree a couple of summers ago) and that’s definitely what you have. The others are different and I cannot tell.

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 09:53 PM

Looks just like sycamore to me as well. At least the sycamore I have anyway.

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 11:00 PM

Sugar maple is twice as hard as sycamore. You should be able to tell them apart if you already have other confirmed maple pieces, just by seeing how easy they are to dent.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 10-03-2015 11:43 PM

Looks like hickory to me but I haven’t worked with it for awhile. resembles sycamore

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#6 posted 10-04-2015 12:04 AM

Let’s hope for your sake it’s sycamore, cuz hickory is some tough stuff. I’ll never work it again.

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#7 posted 10-04-2015 12:44 AM

I’ve never seen sycamore but it looks like the poplar I buy all the time to me. I also don’t guarantee the grammatical aspect of the previous sentence.

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#8 posted 10-04-2015 02:24 AM

I think it might be Cyprus.

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#9 posted 10-04-2015 03:57 AM

Looks like sycamore to me — especially the boards with the ray figure.

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#10 posted 10-04-2015 04:20 AM

Used QS sycamore past couple weeks. Like the looks, but to me, I can’t stand the smell of it when I plane/cut/scrape it. If it’s got a kind of stinking smell that’s what it is, I’ve never smelled anything similar. It’s also easy to splinter, not as bad as non-QS but I had a tiny piece stuck in my finger for a couple days. Those are two good giveaways for that wood.

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#11 posted 10-04-2015 03:35 PM

Sycamore seems pretty likely. Another possibility is beech.

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#12 posted 10-05-2015 11:43 AM

Looks beechy to me. Like Yonak says, it for sure is one or the other.

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