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04-19-2016 12:53 PM

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Can someone help me identify the type of wood this is? A friend gave it to me and thought it is probably 50 year old rough cut from his grandfathers mill. I planed the faces for this picture. There are 2 different types. One looks like oak??? The other has a less pronounced grain and is much more red.


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#1 posted 04-19-2016 12:59 PM

Not sure on either, but the top one’s color looks somewhere between cherry and walnut, figure more like cherry. The bottom one doesn’t really look like oak to me. Maybe hickory? I’ve grabbed something that looked like that off the side of the road at one point, it was a shelf to something, small piece, but never knew what it was. It was very light and fibrous (pretty much the opposite of hickory). Can you get a close up, and an end-grain shot? Is it hard/soft, heavy/light?

Was this a big professional mill, or a smaller operation? With smaller operations, sometimes looking at the area, and what is growing on that, or surrounding land, helps narrow things down.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 04-19-2016 02:23 PM

Also not sure, but the top piece looks a lot like cherry to me.

The grain pattern of the bottom piece looks kinda like ash to me, but I’m way less confident on that call.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#3 posted 04-19-2016 02:45 PM

I think you’re right on with the cherry.

My experience with ash (and its only about 200 bd ft rough, so it’s pretty limited) is that areas of discoloration are more grayish than they are brown, and they typically have well defined edges that don’t follow the grain…almost like someone spilled something grey on them, and that the rest of the wood is a very light yellow, almost whitish when fresh planed.

These are strips of air-dried ash, pretty freshly milled.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 04-19-2016 02:51 PM

The coloring on the bottom piece isn’t quite right, but I have a lot of ash that looks like this:

His board looks like what my ash looked like after skip planing (and I actually mistook it for oak initially, too). But, as I said, I’m not incredibly confident in that call.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#5 posted 04-19-2016 03:29 PM

Hm, that top piece looks way different than mine, I’d be curious to know what it is that effects the color like that (climate, soil, etc).

Since we’re playing this game, Dan, I was motivated to post up another one…
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/158010

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#6 posted 04-20-2016 02:34 AM

Thanks for the replies. Here is another shot of a different piece. It is the same as the red 2×2 in the original. It is rough cut but maybe the bark might provide a clue. I am not sure how large the mill was but it was located in North Alabama. I’ll try to be a pic of the end grain posted soon.

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#7 posted 04-20-2016 10:41 AM

This one is a walnut. The other two are cherry.

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#8 posted 04-20-2016 11:43 AM

I agree with cherry for the top piece in the first pic, and I agree with walnut in the last pic. However, the second piece in the first pic has a pore pattern that looks like it is tropical.

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

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#9 posted 04-27-2016 11:38 PM

I too thought the top was cherry and was unsure of the bottom piece until i blew the pic up, now i believe the top piece is walnut and the bottom looks to be white oak, You can also see some very faint rays as seen in QSWO.
Can you take a pic of the end grain on the bottom piece?

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#10 posted 04-28-2016 12:01 AM

White oak? i believe you have black cherry and red oak, good luck

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#11 posted 04-28-2016 01:27 AM




- jawalke2

This one looks like dogwood. Is it very hard and heavy?



- jawalke2

Bottom one is white oak. Top one, not sure, looks like cherry but you say it’s freshly planed and I would expect it to be lighter.

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#12 posted 04-28-2016 02:38 AM

Bottom one looks more like Sassafrass.

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#13 posted 04-28-2016 07:09 PM

Ok, my $0.02.

Top is Cherry and the bottom is maybe Lauan?

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