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Will Merrit

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09-02-2016 06:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pallets hardwood species

Hi all,

There is a place here in town that gets all kinds of counter tops, furniture etc from the US and Abroad. They use hardwood pallets and I have used the wood to do several things with. Most of it is white and red oak but I came across some stuff I am not sure what it is. Its the bottom 3 boards that have a darker grain pattern and it smell awful when cut. Smells like baby vomit, I know I have 5 kids lol. Any ideas?


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#1 posted 09-02-2016 08:44 PM

They look like Oak, probably Red Oak, to me. The smell could be because pallets sometimes are chemically treated.

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 12:04 AM

I’ve always said oak smells like baby vomit when sawn, and it looks like oak, too.

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 12:08 AM

Looks like spalted hackberry elm

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#4 posted 09-03-2016 12:13 AM

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#5 posted 09-03-2016 02:07 AM

I had a similar experience with some poplar. It had a definite smell of a septic tank and I developed a sinus infection from it. Since then I’ve swore off pallet wood. It must have been treated with something.

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#6 posted 09-03-2016 12:06 PM

Looks like bacterial infected oak to me. The bacteria cause the stain and the odor. It is common in Southern lowland red oaks, especially where the water table gets high, inundating the root zone for part of the year.

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.484.1681&rep=rep1&type=pdf

http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/ja/uncaptured/ja_xu002.pdf

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#7 posted 09-03-2016 02:19 PM

Looks like red oak. When wet, smells like cat poop.

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