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01-14-2010 03:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pallet wood

I was the lucky recipient of a modest amount of reclaimed hardwood. I have to pull the nails and staples out of it. That’s a bit or work but the price was right. I’m certain the first is Oak especially because of the blue iron stains that aren’t shown in the pic. I chose to instead to show off some of the rays that I discovered after face jointing it. I’m hoping I find more.


The second and third are a mystery. No iron stains so that sort of eliminates the oaks or any thing else with a lot of tannins. The top piece I’m hoping is maple, the piece supporting it, I have no idea.


The third pic I’m leaning to perhaps hickory. Once again no blue stains in this either. The pics are just okay since I just have an okay camera but any guesses would be appreciated. First thing tomorrow is to fetch a metal detector to make sure it is clean before I run anymore.


Thanks for any help

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 03:50 AM

im no expert at wood id, but looks like poplar to me lol, maybe Im right and the top one does look like oak

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 04:36 AM

I think you’re right on the oak and maple. The bottom board, pic #2 could be ash. The end grain will help ID it. pic #3 does look like the color combo of hickory. I’m far from an expert on ID especially without any bark. Good luck, what are you going to make?

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 04:42 AM

No idea! It just looks like some of the pallet wood I end up with.haha

Good score none the less. I use most of mine for the color/grain no mater what kind of wood it is.

Thanks for posting.


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#4 posted 01-14-2010 05:43 AM

What I find surprising is the mix of wood on these shipping pallets. After I broke down the pallets I randomly picked 5 different boards and this is what I ended up with. After I jointed the first 2 which were oak, I was happy that it was a quality hardwood, especially when I saw that one piece was 1/4 sawn. When I did the 3rd and looked at it, I stood there with the jointer running just looking thinking this really can’t be maple can it, the fourth looked like hickory and I was feeling stupid happy. The best thing is that I got nearly a 1/4 pick-up load of these boards and most of them are between 5-6 feet long. There is going to be some time devoted to hardware removal but like I said earlier, the price was definitely right.

These will be on the back burner for a while. I have a source for clear SYP shipping squares that are hardware free except for cutting the metal banding holding it together. They’re 2” wide, have a 1/4” dado in the middle for the banding and the height is just shy of the maximum blade height on my table saw. Just perfect for resawing. After I face joint them and cut them I end up with exactly a 13/16” wide board 48” long. My first grandson will be born in May so I’m milling it for one really big toy box.


What does end grain on hickory look like?

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 06:06 AM

#1- Quarter cut White Oak (deeper looking grain makes me think Red Oak, but the Medullary rays seem a bit much for quartered red) #2- Flat cut Hard Maple #3- Rift cut Hard Maple #4- Quarter cut Hard Maple

#2 and #3 and #4 could be Birch…pictures aren’t good enough on my end to say positively. Pretty sure on the Maple guess though.

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

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 07:08 AM

#1 100% Oak, #2 100% Maple, #3 there is no way to tell from photos.

-- Eric, NorCal

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#7 posted 01-15-2010 03:36 AM

Top is Q’sawn white oak.. you can tell by the ray fleck.

Second may be poplar or soft red maple.. hard to tell without better lighting. The growth rings can be wide in both.
3rd – could be oak judging by the tearout.
4th-looks like hard maple. near the pith. Need better lighting to really make it out.

-- Kyle Edwards,, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 04:02 AM

top is oak no doubt. second is probably poplar or maple. You should be able to tell which it is by how hard it is. the last one is probably hickory. it looks like hickory but its hard to tell without a better picture

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 05:25 AM

Ive looked at the photo’s 3 or 4 times now(even blew em up LOL!)...I’m not second guessing myself anymore. Sample’s 2, 3 & 4 are Hard maple, three different cuts. No way any of them are Hickory.

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

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