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Forum topic by Woodaholic posted 10-28-2010 02:03 AM 856 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2010 02:03 AM

Hey guys, I was told this was Maple before I cut it

but wanted to be sure. My gpaw said it might also be sweet gum.

I took a side off by running it through the mill. You can see the grain and the bark. I wasnt able to get pictures of the leaves as I already left the site of where I cut them. Thanks guys for the help


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#1 posted 10-28-2010 04:17 AM

Looks like maple to me but I am far from an expert…

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 04:36 AM

Looks alot like sweetgum. Do you remember seeing alot of little spiney nuts around the base of the tree. Most sweetgum grow very tall (70 feet or more), and are almost dead straight. Sweetgum is similar to and related to poplar, used mostly for plywood.

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 04:44 AM

could be

should be


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#4 posted 10-28-2010 05:25 AM

I agree with schoey . Looks exactly like sweet gum to me. I haven’t ever seen a maple with that type of bark on it before. Sweet gum can be a very nice looking wood. It can have a large range of colors once you open up the log, or it can be completley white and bland looking. Either way, you should enjoy it.

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 05:10 AM

sweet gum.. Hard to dry, interwoven grain and if you have it sawn thicker than your end application you may get a good yield. I hate gum if you have to stain it..

Put lots of weight and strap it to reduce movement.

-- Kyle Edwards,, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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