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08-09-2010 02:28 PM

Can anyone help me to identify this wood?

This board was passed on to me from my father who received it from my grandfather years before. I am hoping the stain that is on it can be planed off and I can eventually use it in a project. The grain is rather unique and it’s a beautiful piece of wood!

Any ideas?

Stan

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 02:39 PM

I have a pretty good collection of different woods (primarily exotics). There is nothing in my collection that resembles this and I have never seen anything quite like it.

I’ve seen a grain similar to this in chechen but chechen is much darker.

I have seen a lot of variation in grain and pattern in maple (birdseye, curly, wavy etc.) This may be a unique piece of maple. It’s the right color. Is it dense and heavy? Maple might fit with its history also. I doubt many grandfathers worked much with exotic woods from other parts of the world. I know mine didn’t.

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

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 02:44 PM

Yes, it is quite dense and heavy. My father believes it is maple, but isn’t quite sure.

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 02:48 PM

I have a bunch of sugar maple , hard maple , that looks a lot like that. Mine has some blistering in it also. The trees that it came from were 48 in across and were way over 200 years old. The brown streaks in it were only about 10 inches deep from the bark side in mine.

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 03:12 PM

If it is important to you, here is an idea.

Get a piece of sugar maple. Do a cross grain cut and smell the wood at the fresh cut. Do the same with this piece of wood and see if the smell is similar.

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

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 04:31 PM

I would be very surprised if this is ambrosia maple. All the ambrosia that I have ever seen (quite a bit) has wider streaks of stained wood.

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

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 04:32 PM

My first thought was some sort of maple. I was thinking silver maple due to the “stain” but I’m pretty sure that’s not a stain, it’s the color of the wood….

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 04:46 PM

You know… I’ve been wondering if the “stain” is actually a stain, or if it is the wood itself. I haven’t yet cut it to see if it carries throughout the wood. I’ve been resisting the temptation as I don’t know what I am going to use it for yet. But, perhaps cutting a bit off one end may be an idea to see if it is indeed a stain or not…

-- -- Stan

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#9 posted 08-09-2010 05:32 PM

Your wood looks like hard (sugar) Maple from here. The dark marks is what is called ‘bear claw” In some woods. I have some fir and spruce with the same type of marks.

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#10 posted 08-09-2010 05:46 PM

I saw some quarter-sawn hemlock that looked a lot like that, very fine grained and sliced off of the weighted side of a leaning tree. Sure can’t say for sure tho.

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#11 posted 08-09-2010 10:10 PM

It looks like a maple to me. I don’t know about those marks, I’ve never seen any like them.

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#12 posted 08-09-2010 11:49 PM

looks like a low grade of karelian (masur) birch.

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 01:14 AM

looks like an elephant with a really long trunk… :)

my guess is maple too

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#14 posted 08-10-2010 01:46 AM

Maple with a little spalting and maybe a little quitling…...just my thoughts though

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#15 posted 08-10-2010 02:10 AM

I agree with Keith (kolwdwrkr)......Karelian Birch would be my best guess.
Pretty sure It’s not Maple…..It’s got a grain that’s more ‘typical’ of birch than maple and the reflective sheen of birch that you never see in Maple.

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