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tyskkvinna

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05-09-2010 01:00 AM

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I got this little piece of wood today at the wood store for $1. It’s in kinda rough shape but I have a plan for it…

What is it?

This piece is about 10×6”...

In the store I assumed it was maple; in the car I realised it was far more yellow than I’ve ever seen maple. That little corner is white, but it only goes about halfway through and the whole backside is yellow. The surface is a little stringy and almost metallic. Judging by the knots in it I assume this is from a kind of awkward part of the tree.

Still maple? Or something else?

It doesn’t “really” matter, but I’m going to make it into a piece for sale and I’d like to be reasonably accurate in telling people what type of wood it is.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt


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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 01:06 AM

looks kind of like poplar from what I’m looking at right now.

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 01:27 AM

my first thought was poplar as well, but i’ll admit I am no expert at wood identification!

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 01:36 AM

Poplar was my first thought, even before reading the other responses.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 01:40 AM

poplar is my thought as well, most maple i have seen the grain is darker and I seem to see the yellow/green tint of poplar in the photo

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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tyskkvinna

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 01:44 AM

thanks! I’ve never used poplar before so it wasn’t on my list of guesses.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 01:53 AM

Alot of furniture uses it as a secondary wood, but I like the looks of it and it’s working properties. It planes really well generally, and sands beautifully, almost to a glass like surface. You can also find it at times with a pink/ rose color instead of the green/ yellow. Just for the cat that died, what are your plans for it?

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 02:01 AM

Looks like poplar, Its harder then pine and I generaly use poplar if I’m going to paint a project, takes a finish very nice.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 05-09-2010 04:19 AM

I was thinking Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) although the coloration looks weird probably due to the lighting.

-- Kyle Edwards, http://www.sawmillnc.com, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#9 posted 05-09-2010 04:27 AM

Wow…it’s sort of like a Rorshach test…I think I see Spongebob Squarepants in it! Haha…beats me. Yeah…poplar. That’s the ticket. But don’t tell the buyer that…tell them it’s an EXOTIC poplar!

Hey, what are you going to make with it? It would be fun to see a progress report and see what this hunk of wood becomes!

Steve

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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#10 posted 05-09-2010 04:28 AM

I agree that it looks like poplar. The key is the weight and hardness. Poplar is lighter and softer than most other hardwoods. Anyone who knows their woods could probably lift it and tell you if it is poplar or not.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 05-09-2010 04:43 AM

Poplar seems to be the poplar answer. Sorry about that.
Could be soft maple.
Where did you buy it from? A big box store will greatly reduce the choices.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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tyskkvinna

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#12 posted 05-09-2010 04:52 AM

I see what you all said about it being yellow/green! Oh my! I cut it this evening – it’s a tiny Earth. I picked it up at the store because the ratio was just perfect and I like the slightly alien grain this particular piece has going on.

Top half is the rough cut, bottom half is the re-rough cut. It was somewhere north in South America that I decided I was sleepy and stopped for today.

I bought it at Woodcraft. This particular location has a bunch of odd-ball wood in addition to the standard fare.

poplar!

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#13 posted 05-09-2010 04:56 AM

Note that poplar will not retain that green color over time, which is an attribute that I like. It eventually goes to an even tan color after awhile. Nice carving!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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tyskkvinna

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#14 posted 05-09-2010 05:13 AM

I wasn’t too concerned about the colour because I’m going to use some fairly dark stains on this. But that’s really good to know because it did have me concerned on ever using poplar again!

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#15 posted 05-09-2010 05:15 AM

Ohmagosh…you are a wood artist. Did you just carve this today?

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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