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Forum topic by TheSteve posted 02-12-2008 06:27 AM 1258 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheSteve

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02-12-2008 06:27 AM

not really sure what species it is, neighbor has a whole pile of it… original size is 1 1/4”t x 14” w

any help appreciated =)

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#1 posted 02-12-2008 07:12 AM

Looks like some sort of walnut…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 02-12-2008 07:31 AM

thats 1 opinion i had also, none of them are any darker then the 1 i showed tho… the darkest parts of the boards being in the swirls… i dont know how many kinds of walnut there are, and the 1’s ive seen are very dark on the majority of the boards …but my lumber knowledge is also limited..

my dad has some laminate floors based on apple, and look alot like it…. the wood is also Very dense.. any other different pics i could get to help? any other opinions?

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#3 posted 02-12-2008 07:48 AM

How hard and heavy is it?

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#4 posted 02-12-2008 01:02 PM

Looks like sweet gum to me. Here is a place with about a million pictures to compare samples. http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/indextotal.htm

An endgrain shot always helps in wood id too.

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#5 posted 02-12-2008 03:53 PM

It does look like a fruit tree to me. I’ve never seen apple that dark though.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#6 posted 02-12-2008 07:48 PM

neighbor said he was told it was a species of pine… anyone know of any pine that looks like that? as far as weight goes, dunno how to describe the weight of it… its not quite as heavy as oak, but it is rock hard…

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 07:56 PM

I does look like some kind of gum tree. It’s weight/hardness sounds about right.

What part of the country are you in? Knowing that would help.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 02-13-2008 01:30 AM

that is sweet gum. when you have a board that is all heartwood, that one is part heart part sapwood, it’s called red gum. it has more figure and color variations than any other north american hardwood.
I’ve got boards drying right now that are all heart wood and looks like walnut on acid.

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 04:06 AM

sweet gum seems to be the winner, thanks guys =)

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 04:46 AM

What did I win?

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 06:34 AM

I agree with red gum. It is beautiful wood.

Not real common to see, but in some vintage Milwaukee bungalows, the entire homes are done up with natural woodwork using red gum rather then the normal oak. Can be quite striking.

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 06:42 AM

Sweet Gum twists and bends if not held in check while drying. I assume you neighbors stash is all well dried.

The sawmill where I go uses it for railroad ties. I picked up a couple of boards and it has a cool grain but it warped like a corkscrew. I’ll get some real small pieces out of it after cutting, jointing and planing.

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 08:05 AM

I think red gum. This is the veneer I used on the apron of this console table.(Sorry so small, I’ll post better pictures in my profile/projects.console birch / red gum veneer

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 01:29 PM

”Sweet Gum twists and bends if not held in check while drying” What Karson said, twists/bends/cups…it is one of the hardest woods for me to get to dry flat (in my kiln plans I even call it “my nemesis”). I have to saw it thick, let it air dry and then resaw on the bandmill to even hope for any good lumber.

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#15 posted 02-14-2008 05:48 PM

Check out http://www.woodworking.org/WC/woodsampler.html

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