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Forum topic by joey502 posted 10-16-2015 10:49 PM 607 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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joey502

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10-16-2015 10:49 PM

In 2008 I was a beginner woodworker and decided to buy a garage full of wood off CL. The lot contained all sorts of lumber local to this area (KY). I was mainly after the roughly 500 BF of walnut but the deal was all or nothing. $300 later I had mad wife and garage full of new lumber to learn on. I sorted the wood by what I thought each species was at the time and have been using it since.

Today I decided it was time to clean, restack lumber and eliminate all of the cutoffs I will never use but have stacked everywhere. I came across some boards that were in with oak. At the time I thought they were oak with a little discoloration from water but now I don’t know. They are rough and dirty but the color is different than oak and the grain looks different.

Are these just discolored oak or are they something different? Chestnut maybe?


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Philzoel

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#1 posted 10-17-2015 12:20 AM

Maybe sand these surfaces down to get a good look. I am curious!

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#2 posted 10-17-2015 12:27 AM

pretty hard to tell if thats stained, oil, dirt, or the wood. plane a little area to see wht it really looks like.

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unclebenny

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#3 posted 10-17-2015 12:28 AM

pretty hard to tell if thats stained, oil, dirt, or the wood. plane a little area to see wht it really looks like.

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#4 posted 10-17-2015 02:44 AM

After re-reading your post, and looking at it again….I’m thinking Maple. In the second pic, there is some checking that resembles Maple, and a bit of spalting, as well. In these parts it could be hard or soft.

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#5 posted 10-17-2015 04:33 AM

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#6 posted 10-17-2015 06:23 AM

From the pictures, it looks like some kind of wood.

Need some end grain views, clean surface views, extremely close surface grain views.
Try cutting it to see what it smells like!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Tennessee

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#7 posted 10-17-2015 10:58 AM

From the first picture, it looks to be waterstained oak to me, maybe came in contact with some metal along the line which blackened it.
To me, the lower plank in the last photo kind of reinforces that. But the middle picture with one plank looks like something other than oak.

Like oldnovice said, end grain and smell it. Oak is definitely oak when you smell it.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#8 posted 10-17-2015 03:42 PM

I’m thinking the top and bottom boards may be different species. Can we get a better glimpse of the grain ? Can you sand or plane them some ? End grain would help, too. Give us a break, joey, we’re struggling here.

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joey502

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#9 posted 10-17-2015 03:56 PM

After skip planning a couple boards and looking through the wood data base I believe it is shumard oak. I think the stains are tabbaco but they planned off on the first pass.

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