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Forum topic by Seamus0559 posted 11-01-2015 10:33 PM 856 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-01-2015 10:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry maple wood old growth sapwood heartwood trim moulding red

I’ve been removing the trim from the second story of my house and stripping all of the paint off(6 layers!). It’s all black cherry, but I pulled one piece off that could either be cherry sapwood, or maple. It’s a vast difference in color, as the images show. This cherry is almost blood red(110 years old), but would the sapwood darken also?

Let me know your thoughts! As always, I appreciate any input.

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#2 posted 11-01-2015 10:49 PM

+1 Maple.

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#3 posted 11-01-2015 10:50 PM

3rd vote for maple

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#4 posted 11-01-2015 10:51 PM

I figured it was maple. It seemed strange to me that everything would be cherry, with the exception of this piece( it is a baseboard).

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#5 posted 11-01-2015 11:06 PM

Sorry guys, I hate to disagree with you. It’s some very beautiful maple.

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#6 posted 11-01-2015 11:27 PM

Beautiful and looks long and straight – all good. If you need some help using all that terrific, old, reclaimed lumber, just let me know – always up for a road trip!

Great find.

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#7 posted 11-01-2015 11:28 PM

^ your all wrong, it’s maple! Nice figure too!

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#8 posted 11-01-2015 11:33 PM

@Betsy, long and straight is an understatement! Two of the boards I pulled out are 16’+ with 10” widths.

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#9 posted 11-01-2015 11:38 PM

Seamus, are you certain that very bottom board is cherry ? Just from the way the light hits it, I would guess it’s some sort of open grained wood, such as walnut or butternut.

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#10 posted 11-01-2015 11:41 PM

I’m 99% sure the darker wood is cherry. These are pictures after an oil base poly has been applied.

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