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01-28-2016 02:18 AM

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Today I came across this table in the junk. I figured it would be a good “busy” project and give me some more practice with restoration. I am having a hard time identifying the species of this. My dad and I have been looking and it and thinking it looks a bit like hickory and could also look a bit like cedar. It is a pretty hard dense wood, any help would be cool! Sorry about the poor picture.

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#1 posted 01-28-2016 02:28 AM

Cedar is supper soft, then my thought is hickory, but seems a bit knotty for it, but I think there is a grade of hickory that is knotty hickory.

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#2 posted 01-28-2016 02:30 AM

My wood prevaor, they call knotty hickory ”’rustic”’
http://www.kmhardwoods.com/PricesbySpeciesCyR.cfm

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#3 posted 01-28-2016 03:15 AM



Cedar is supper soft, then my thought is hickory, but seems a bit knotty for it, but I think there is a grade of hickory that is knotty hickory.

- conifur

Exactly my thought, I have build a few pieces of lawn furniture with cedar and it is very soft.

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#4 posted 01-28-2016 03:24 AM

Looks like Southern Yellow Pine with some old finish on it.

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#5 posted 01-28-2016 03:34 AM

if that is any kind of hickory i will eat my hat, my money is on red cedar.

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#6 posted 01-28-2016 03:54 AM

Sure looks like Eastern Red (Aromatic) Cedar…

If you cut or sand it you should be able to tell by the smell alone.

Herb

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#7 posted 01-28-2016 04:43 AM

It is a pretty hard dense wood,
So why do all think it is as soft as Cedar?? Which is soft as can be!!!

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#8 posted 01-28-2016 04:45 AM

...that was my initial thought it was cedar by the looks but it seems way to hard to be cedar and it is crazy heavy. This table top is about 4 1/2 foot round and inch and half thick and had everything I could muster to lift it. All my previous experience with cedar it’s quite light.

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#9 posted 01-28-2016 05:31 AM

I’m leaning towards cedar.

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#10 posted 01-28-2016 05:37 AM

Looks like cedar to me but the pic is so bad it’s just a wild guess.

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#11 posted 01-28-2016 06:38 AM

If it is ERC all those knots will be quite hard and heavy…

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#12 posted 01-28-2016 07:19 AM



It is a pretty hard dense wood,
So why do all think it is as soft as Cedar?? Which is soft as can be!!!

- conifur

It looks just like eastern cedar, I have cut cedar before that was very hard and dense. Farmers prefer cedar corner post that were grown in rocks as opposed to fields due to their larger heartwood and density.

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#13 posted 01-28-2016 07:43 AM

I have to agree with the cedar gang. Scratch and sniff test it.

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#14 posted 01-28-2016 11:59 AM

see if the underside is unfinished.

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#15 posted 01-28-2016 05:51 PM

My first impression when looking at it was Mesquite. But it doesn’t seem like there would be a whole lot of that up in Wisconsin.

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