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Forum topic by CarlosNL posted 01-19-2016 06:46 PM 667 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CarlosNL

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01-19-2016 06:46 PM

Hi Guys,

I started a little project to refinish my hardwood floor.

Now that is all sanded im having problems identifying what type of wood it is as i saw staining can react very differently to each type.

Can you please help me identify the wood in the picture and if you have any tips for staining it?

Thank you,
Carlos


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mahdee

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 07:57 PM

It looks a lot like cherry. I am basing that on the black streaks on the first picture row 2 and 3 and 3rd and 4th row from the bottom. The grain also looks like cherry.

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mahdee

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 08:00 PM

If it was a lot darker before you sanded it, it may very well be that it was not stained at all. Cherry darkens with age. If I was going to stain it, (it blotches pretty bad) I would stain it cherry.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 09:49 PM

Looks like flat sawn cherry to me. For me, the givaway is in the second pic, down towards the lower left, there is a piece that has sapwood and heartwood on the same piece. Really looks like cherry.

I think I’d be hard pressed to stain it due to blotching. Maybe just a natural clear stain and finish. It will darken a lot. Hit it with a bit of water on a rag and see how much it darkens. Give you an idea on where you would be with a natural clear stain. It’s gonna go to a darkish red.

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

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CarlosNL

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 10:28 PM

Thank you for the help, i thought it was pine wood and pretty happy i asked here first before going on.

i will try passing the cloth with water and let you know!

Also if you have any tips on finishing this tipe of would o would really apreciate.

Thank you!

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Tony_S

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 12:58 AM

Looks like flat sawn European Beech on my monitor….

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/beech.htm

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/european-beech/

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

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mahdee

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#6 posted 01-20-2016 01:33 AM

You might be right on Tony.

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ChefHDAN

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#7 posted 01-20-2016 02:57 AM

Carlos where are you located and do you have an idea of what age the floors are? i.e. original to the house? It does not look like any of the cherry I’ve worked with and cherry is one of my favorites.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#8 posted 01-20-2016 03:07 AM

I think it looks like a type of Beech too.

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CarlosNL

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#9 posted 01-20-2016 07:43 AM

Hi Chef, tony,

Im in the Netherlands and i believe this wood could be quite old, the house is from 1930.

I passed a wet rag over it and it took a golden’ish colour, so your description seems very accurate accordinng to the wood database link you passed.

What do you think ?

Thanks again

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#10 posted 01-20-2016 08:50 AM

I vote for European beech

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 01-20-2016 08:51 AM

- And welcome to LJ btw!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Tennessee

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#12 posted 01-20-2016 12:03 PM

Interesting. My monitor shows it as a slight pinkish color. I’m using a 24” Sanyo HD monitor. Just goes to show how color can change on different monitors.

Since you are in Northern Europe, their assessment of European Beech is probably dead on, especially when it turned golden with the wetness. I expected it to have a reddish tint when wet. No red, no cherry!

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

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 01-20-2016 12:40 PM

No visible rays, so I do not think that it is beech.

Looks like a fast grown softwood to me.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#14 posted 01-20-2016 04:56 PM

Looks like pine or something similar to me.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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