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08-11-2017 12:59 AM

Could I please get some help identifying this wood? It is very whiteish, maybe more so than these pictures show. Sands into fine dust, doesn’t fuzz up like ash or similar. I don’t think it’s poplar. It has no green tint to it. I have compared it to poplar I do have in my shop.

closer view

Thank you

CC

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 01:02 AM

Looks like Poplar to me.
Poplar doesn’t have to have the green streaks, I’ve seen a lot without it.

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 01:19 AM

It kinda looks like something that’s been treated or heated to alter its color .
Very ugly to me.
I’m not playing on this one.

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 01:24 AM

Looks like poplar to me

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 01:44 AM



It kinda looks like something that s been treated or heated to alter its color .
Very ugly to me.
I m not playing on this one.

- Aj2

Well, I resawed this straight from a raw board. No crazy treatment here. Probably just the photo catches the light strange.

I guess we’re at poplar here.

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#5 posted 08-11-2017 01:56 AM

Wondering if it has the same mass? eg. pine and walnut share similar pattern and stringiness. But then the walnut produces fine dust and the pine does not. Sooo is there similar density, weight and such to the poplar on hand?

Where did the wood come from, how did you acquire it?

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#6 posted 08-11-2017 02:09 AM

My vote would be Hickory, we have Hickory flooring, here is a picture of Hickory with finish on it

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#7 posted 08-11-2017 05:36 AM

My first thought was poplar just looking at the grain. Color-wise poplar ranges from almost white to a dark greenish black. Given what Jerry just posted though, I’d be inclined to agree with him, since the grain patterns are similar, but the color of his floor is closer to your original photo.

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#8 posted 08-11-2017 09:31 AM

Looks like Poplar to me.

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#9 posted 08-11-2017 10:43 AM

Perhaps check here ...
 

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#10 posted 08-11-2017 02:43 PM

First guess would be poplar. Jerry’s suggestion for hickory could be correct, hickory is very heavy though.

Ambrosia maple is also possible.

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#11 posted 08-11-2017 02:59 PM


Ambrosia maple is also possible.
- splintergroup

Definitely not Ambrosia maple!
 

 

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#12 posted 08-11-2017 03:39 PM

How hard is it? Poplar is a pretty soft wood and I bet you could dent it slightly with your fingernail.

My first thought was unsteamed walnut, but that would be much harder and heavier. I vote Poplar for now. Can you weigh and accurately measure one of the boards?

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#13 posted 08-11-2017 04:02 PM

Thanks for all y our responses.
Thank you Ron, but I am not going to buy a book when I have all these smart folks here.
There is a great lumber supplier in Kennesaw, Ga (Peachstate lumber) and I get their scrap barrel every now and then. 3 to 4 foot pieces of all types of wood. This was in there.

Here’s another look at it (top boards only):

It is very pale in color and even this picture doesn’t show it that well.
It is a light weight wood.

I am leaning towards Poplar or maybe Aspen? Is it aspen or Ash that fuzzes up? This definitely doesn’t fuzz up.

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#14 posted 08-11-2017 04:52 PM

Popular – not all poplar has greenish character.

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#15 posted 08-11-2017 05:06 PM

just looking…

no comment

(Munches a handful of popcorn)

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