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Forum topic by Burbs posted 10-04-2016 01:48 PM 369 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2016 01:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood lumber wood identification

Been lurking and learning on this site for a couple years, but this is my first post and it’s for help of course. Local company that certified large electric motors has some heavy duty pallets that i got my hands on. The wood is 2+ inches thick, heavy and hard. The bigger pallets, 2 1/2 by 7 feet weigh over 200lbs. I know the motors came from Mexico, but who knows where the pallets came from. Most of the wood is colored like oak after planing but there are quite a few short pieces that are very dark and pretty but lots of knots and cracks. A lot of the lighter wood is mostly clear. The first 3 pics are pictures of the same board, 4th pic is a piece partially planed that is not as clear. 5th pic is one of the darker wood. Any help would be appreciated.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs


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#1 posted 10-04-2016 02:29 PM

Looks like Red Oak to me.

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 02:44 PM


Looks like Red Oak to me.

- ShaneA

Agree … or more specificly Quercus marilandica also known as black oak, blackjack oak, Jack oak, iron oak, or scrub oak.

My recent prie-dieu was California black oak …

I want the piece in the fifth photo!!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 10-04-2016 02:48 PM

That’s what I thought, I’ve just never seen oak with so much straight grain before.

Impressive Ron! Love the contrasting wood and joinery. Looks great.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#4 posted 10-05-2016 12:24 AM

Yes, definitely red oak.

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

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#5 posted 10-05-2016 02:56 AM

Thanks for the responses guys. Am hoping to salvage 12-4×4’s that are 7 feet long from these pallets which I will probably be able to use for the legs and stretchers for the workbench I’ve been putting off building because I want to build it out of hardwood but don’t really want to spend the money on a quality bench when I have one that is usable but light and not flat.
Tempting to use those long thick boards for the top and doug fir or constrtruction pine for the legs and stretchers but pretty sure I’ll let these dry and save up for a maple top and vices.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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