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Forum topic by Blakep posted 11-18-2010 04:54 PM 1166 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2010 04:54 PM

Is this Pine? I had a bunch given to me and it was rough cut and I didn’t have a way to remove any material to take a look at it utill I got it home. I hope its not pine but that is the direction I am leaning towards. If its not pine then please tell me what it is.

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 05:13 PM

looks like soft maple

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 05:16 PM

I hope your right and others confirm this. I could do a lot with soft maple but if it were pine I would probably burn it ha. Thanks for your response.

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 05:32 PM

I’m with Maple Also ! Due to how the worm hole staining is

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 06:22 PM

If it’s pine, it would smell like pine sol when milled. If no scent then you’ve eliminated that choice.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 06:26 PM

Thanks childress I didn’t think about the smell of pine. It didn’t have any spell last night when I ran it through the planer so I guess I can eliminate pine.

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 07:28 PM

Is it heavy, light? Is it soft, hard? A little mo info please.

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#7 posted 11-18-2010 07:50 PM

It feels light compared to the hard maple I have been working with. It is harder than most pine I have dealt with but I can make an indention with my finger nail and I can’t do that with hard maple.

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#8 posted 11-19-2010 06:21 AM

the streaks I believe are what is called ambrosia, can be very attractive.

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#9 posted 11-19-2010 06:31 AM

soft maple, maybe birch

even if it is pine

better the no wood at all

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 11-19-2010 06:43 AM

The streaks are from the Ambrosia Beetle. What you have is maple.

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#11 posted 11-19-2010 06:47 AM

It might be Canary wood. The color fits and I’ve seen Canary wood with the Ambrosia streaks before. Plus the hardness you describes sounds about right for Canary wood.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#12 posted 11-19-2010 06:50 AM

From what the photos show, I would say Ambrosia Maple, that is maple (soft) that the Ambrosia worm housed in it. The staining is the worm’s poo/pee. It’s actually sought after by craftspeople, especially if the markings are unusual. They do however, make the wood weaker, so you don’t want to use a piece for a major structure if it has a lot of ambrosia in it. Furniture makers can use this wood to make some beautiful pieces.

It looks like your lumber would make nice paneling, interior doors, furniture, boxes, etc.

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#13 posted 11-19-2010 03:29 PM

Thanks for all of the responses and info guys. I guess I will go with soft maple since that is the conclusion that most of you have come to. Thanks again for all of the help.

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#14 posted 11-19-2010 04:05 PM

the first thing i thoguht was soft maple too, but consider where it might come from – does maple grow around there?

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#15 posted 11-19-2010 06:17 PM

Yes maple grows all over the place down here. I actually got the wood from one of my construction sites. It is used under metal decking for banding material to go around during shipping. I have always had access to it I just never knew or cared what kind of wood it was until I started wood working. I also get piles and piles of oak 4×4’s but a lot of them are warped badly. I have not brought any oak home yet but I can get all I want of the oak and the boards pictures above for free.

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