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Forum topic by ravensrock posted 02-17-2017 11:52 PM 1208 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2017 11:52 PM

This is the left arm of a porch swing. I had someone ask if I could make a mirror image for the right arm which had rotted away. What kind of wood do you think this is? It’s pretty light in weight and the grain doesn’t look like white oak. Poplar? Ash? Any input is welcome.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking


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#1 posted 02-18-2017 12:08 AM

I’d guess maple.

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 12:42 AM

Could be maple. Any other ideas?

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 05:10 AM

Not without a clear end grain pic. Looks like the top is worn down and the bottom had finish so it would be really hard to tell without a clear grain picture I’d think.

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 08:15 AM

red maple is my guess

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 12:49 PM

It just reminds me of all that rock maple furniture from the 1940s -50s.

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#6 posted 02-18-2017 03:29 PM

The grain in the groove on the underside looks like red oak to me but I’ve never seen red oak weather like that. Is there some sort of chemical stripper residue on it or something? If so, sand it off and take another picture.

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#7 posted 02-18-2017 11:18 PM

Several are suggesting maple. It’s very light. Doesn’t seem to have the weight to it that a hard maple or oak would have. Could it be poplar?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#8 posted 02-18-2017 11:26 PM

I would say Poplar. Look at the rest of the swing. If nothing else make a matched pair from Poplar and do a little stain magic to match the rest of the swing.

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#9 posted 02-19-2017 02:11 AM

birch maybe… it’s like poplar in many respects,
light weight, closed grain. It tends to have
brownish tinges instead of green like poplar.

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#10 posted 02-19-2017 04:53 AM

I see you are from York, Pa. The wood is light weight and you said the original rotted away. Let’s go with poplar. Very common wood in your area. Maple, ash and oak will rot but not as quickly as poplar.

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#11 posted 02-19-2017 05:32 AM



I would say Poplar. Look at the rest of the swing. If nothing else make a matched pair from Poplar and do a little stain magic to match the rest of the swing.

- papadan

I don’t have access to the rest of the swing. He just gave me the one arm.

I have some 8/4 poplar so maybe I’ll try that and see how close it looks. Anyone have any suggestions on how to cut the groove on the curved bottom? Straight bit in the router and follow along the curve?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#12 posted 02-19-2017 02:49 PM

It is definitely not oak. My best guess is poplar. The photos aren’t really detailed enough for an absolute identification.

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