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04-09-2016 11:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: furniture wood type species

Hi! I’ve posted once here and I got top-drawer help. Maybe you can help me with this one? What the heck is it!?

The posting says “oak” but we know at a glance that ain’t so. It looks a bit like pine, but it seems a bit to “nice” for pine.

I thought maple, but after viewing a million images, I’m just so confused!

Thanks all.


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#1 posted 04-10-2016 12:36 AM

Doesn’t look like any oak I’ve ever worked. Pine would be my guess also, especially after seeing the shelf in one of the pictures. .............. Jerry ()in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 01:37 AM

Looks like pine to me also. Not oak, for sure.

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#3 posted 04-10-2016 01:47 AM

Either white pine or possibly alder would be my guess.

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#4 posted 04-10-2016 01:50 AM

Alder is very big with the factory furniture builders. That would be my guess.

-- --Zach

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#5 posted 04-10-2016 02:15 AM

Given the knots I would say pine probably. Definitely not oak

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 03:04 AM

White Pine

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 03:52 AM

OK! Pine seems to be the biggest vote. WHITE pine would explain why I can’t quite place it. I’m West Coast, so I never actually SEE white pine! I saw a live one in Montana once in the ‘70s in a forest. Or at least, that’s what I was TOLD it was.

I looked at lots of images of alder furniture, per TraylorPark. I don’t see it being alder. My first reaction is “knotty pine” that was so popular during the ‘70s.

OK. So one more try. I’m looking for a bedroom set (could you tell?) and I went and looked at this today. For some reason, this makes me think of the ‘60s. They’ve since labeled it Amish. Amana was not Amish! Sales pitch, I’m guessing. I spoke with the owner of the consignment shop but we could not agree on price (she would not budge, so that’s fine). Other than minor nicks and dings, they’ve managed to knock off a piece of the veneer overlay on the face of the dresser frame, right where the crossbar/rail joins the stile (if I can use door/window terms to describe the face of the carcass). So that will require a bit of fill and creative coloring. It is solid cherry, though. That seems to be the only veneer anywhere on it… about 1/16” thick.

Your thoughts?

Many, many thanks to you guys once again. I always get such great advice here.

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 12:34 PM

It’s that often unknown Pine Oak :-)

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 02:32 PM

Yeah, I forgot about Pine Oak. Pine that grows in Oak forests. Yep, that makes sense now…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#10 posted 04-10-2016 03:26 PM

Doh! I just Googled it… Pine-Oak – used extensively as forage by the elusive, rarely-glimpsed jack-a-lope!

You guys cracked me up.

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#11 posted 04-10-2016 03:43 PM

Pine, for sure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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