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Forum topic by Rockytop posted 03-23-2017 12:29 PM 1068 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2017 12:29 PM

After studying the wood database, I’m really thinking sycamore. Any thoughts? The 1st pic is a random board, 2nd end grain & the 3rd is the headboard I just built. Look @ the middle board. On a scrap piece, I applied polyurethane as a test & it turns a real deep red( almost like rust)! This came out of a barn I just bought. Both the barn & I reside in Northeast TN.

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 12:37 PM

It could be cherry but I don’t see any burn marks at the end grain from your saw. Cherry will get darker in time as well.


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#2 posted 03-23-2017 12:56 PM

I would say sycamore or maple … would have clean up a face to be sure.

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 12:56 PM

If it curls up like a piece of baconon ya in about week its sycamore. Also look at the edge grain. Quarter sawn sycamore is pretty distinct.

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 01:00 PM

Doesn’t look like sycamore to me. I’m thinking cherry, birch or possibly a soft maple of some kind.

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#5 posted 03-23-2017 01:11 PM

Second pic sure looks like cherry with a lot of sapwood.

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 01:29 PM

+1 Cherry

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#7 posted 03-25-2017 12:01 AM

Yes, cherry.

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#8 posted 03-26-2017 01:20 PM

I agree with some others. The board on the right in the first picture looks like cherry to me. The board on the left is either sap wood or some other species. I use a good bit of quarter sawn sycamore and I have never seen it that color.

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