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12-05-2016 01:59 PM

I’m trying to repair a snooker table. I’ve been to a couple of hardwood centers but the staff couldn’t help me.

Its a tight grain. When I cut away a portion of the wood – its light in color. Someone told me its wenge but wenge is naturally dark. I can scratch away the grain with my fingernail so I think its a softer hardwood.

Anyone have an idea?

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#1 posted 12-05-2016 02:18 PM

I can certainly tell you that it is NOT Wenge. The 2nd picture where the damage is at looks a lot like Oak to me. It is a bit tough to say. The 1st picture doesn’t really look like Oak though.

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 02:20 PM

Stain ash could work as well.

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 03:05 PM

It looks like elm to me.

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 04:40 PM

What do you know about the table’s origin? My first thought is oak, but if the table is from across thee pond, then European Beech could also be an option…

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#5 posted 12-05-2016 05:51 PM

I appreciate your responses. Good stuff.

I will spend some time at the local Hardwood center here in Longmont. I’ll look at the grains that you all have mentioned.

ChefHDAN wondered where it came from. Thats a good point. It is, after all, a snooker table. The table came with the house 20 years ago. The metal marker on it fell off years ago. I’ll see if I can track down its origins.
Here’s another picture.

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#6 posted 12-05-2016 06:17 PM

If I had to guess I’d say Elm as well. It also makes sense a snooker table would be out of elm a fairly utilitarian but handsome enough wood, no good for firewood as it was too hard to split, and not really up to snuff for really fine furniture, and pretty abundant.

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#7 posted 12-14-2016 06:36 PM

If you’re cruising Longmont, you may want to take a ride up to Aurora to CS Woods. I did business with them when they were in Gardner and was always impressed by their selection and knowledge. I haven’t been to the Aurora store (hate the drive through Denver).

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#8 posted 12-24-2016 01:52 PM

agree, elm

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#9 posted 12-24-2016 01:57 PM

Looks elmy

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#10 posted 12-24-2016 06:26 PM

First picture looks like sassafras to me. But one of the others dont. Not sure, could it be a mix of different wood?

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#11 posted 12-24-2016 06:35 PM

looks like Elm to me

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#12 posted 12-25-2016 03:49 AM

I am not guessing. Definitely elm. The wavy band of the pores in the late wood is diagnostic.

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#13 posted 12-28-2016 12:28 AM

After looking at a number of possibilities I agree with the majority that this is elm.
Here’s a picture of some American Elm that I saw at Austin Hardwoods in Denver.
Thanks for the help, folks.

BTW. The Snooker table turned out to be a 1911 Brunswick. I was able to find the ad from the Brunswick 1912 catalog. The add didn’t say what type of wood. It said that the “finish” was mahogany or golden oak. So I think its made of elm with a golden oak stain.

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