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GMman

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03-14-2010 02:44 PM

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Someone gave me a few old wood pallets to cut up and burn and in some of them I have found some boards that are of a red color and is very hard as hard as maple if not harder I don’t have a clue what kind of wood it would be.

Can someone tell me what it is? Thanks


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#1 posted 03-14-2010 02:55 PM

Try ripping a board. If it springs into a curve like a banana, i’d call it firewood. Theres a reason it was used to make pallets.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 02:58 PM

I think ya need a little more info then red and hard ?

How about a picture?

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 03:56 PM

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 04:12 PM

The red boards are sitting on maple. Miles you’re funny that is what I use it for fire wood but I have some people making very nice work with pallet boards.

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 04:15 PM

First thing that Jumped into my little brain is Red Birch.

Red Birch is the heartwood of Yellow Birch. It’s typically, if you can find it…cheap like dirt. My lumber guy explained to me why that is….he said, It’s crappola, It’s ugly, no one wants it, it’s typically not dried properly and doesn’t need to be because 90% is used to make…..Pallets!

That’s my ‘bestest’ guess anyways.

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 04:21 PM

Birch maybe, maybe beech ?

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#7 posted 03-14-2010 04:55 PM

Well the bark is not birch. Hard to tell what it IS from the pic, but it ISN’T birch.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 05:39 PM

Hey, I’m no Bark ‘expert’, but what very little ‘identifiable’ bark there is…could most certainly be Yellow Birch bark from what I do know, and can see.
Dead(exterior) bark is a Silver/Grey color, living (interior)bark (after oxidization) is dark brown to black color.
The rest of it…grain looks like Birch and red is one of the large array of colors Birch Tree’s produce. OP said the wood is “very hard”, Birch is very hard…
The only thing that really dissuades me from believing it’s ‘Red Birch’,(but still may be yellow) is the fact ‘Red Birch’ is a heart wood, and I see no distinction between that, and any sapwood which should be directly under the bark.

Sorry fish, like you said, hard to tell. Like I said…just my best guess.

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 06:00 PM

I make a lot of toys and modles from it , just let it dry, then plane. It is a good way to get thin stock and not waste a good 15/16 in board. you get a lot of different dezigns with it. good luck.

Chuck

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 06:09 PM

I had some crate lumber from Liberia that was Mahogany, it looked similar.

This is a carving I did with it.
Click for details

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#11 posted 03-14-2010 08:03 PM

This is my kitchen cabinets that I’m making from Yellow Birch or Red Birch if you call the heart wood differently

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#12 posted 03-14-2010 10:15 PM

Depending where the pallets come from you can sometimes find a treasure. I found some purple heart in a pallet of flooring that came from S America. Not big stuff but great for small projects. Remember when a logger is finishing out a load to the pallet shop, it’s getting dark and needs just one more log the next log goes on the truck regardless of what it is. It’s Miller time then.

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#13 posted 03-15-2010 05:06 AM

unless you really NEED firewood, pull out the nails sort out the nice pieces , even if there warped or cracked ,you can rip them into strips and edge glue them and if your blessed with a planer you can make the mrs a really nice cutting board or even a hot board for the table ….. small end table…...
ORRRrrrrrrr…you can mail it to me and ill build something :D

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#14 posted 03-15-2010 08:52 AM

Don’t ever disregard pallet wood. I have found Pine, Poplar, Oak, Quarter Sawn Oak, Rad Oak, Curly Red Oak, Maple, Curly Maple, Hickory, Ash, and Walnut. The windshields from work come from Idonsia and I am told they were in the Mohagony family.

What I have found is if the board is not big enough for dimensional lumber, it goes to the pallet pile. Lots of good stuff there. Just look at most of my projects.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 03-19-2010 04:35 PM

Gman, I came across a pallet just like that. The one I had was made from a wood calle “IPE” aka: Ironwood. It is used for things like decks. It is hard as a rock and about as heavy. Take a piece of it to your local lumber supplier and try to match it up.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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