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09-07-2017 05:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: indentify wood type species oak chair furniture question reclaimed

Greetings and salutations LumberJocks! I recently took apart a set of old dining chairs for the wood, and upon planing them down, have no idea what it is. It’s about the hardness of oak, and I am incredibly bad at identifying anything other than Western Red Cedar. It was stained very dark, and has an open pore structure. Any idea what it is?

Thanks :)


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#1 posted 09-07-2017 05:30 PM

It resembles Quarter Sawn White Oak, a classic furniture material. Possibly QS Ash.

However, I have learned the hard way that identifying wood from photos is often misleading.
(Someone will surely chime in and say “Alder” – don’t believe it.)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#2 posted 09-07-2017 05:34 PM

Alder

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#3 posted 09-07-2017 05:37 PM

Here’s a photo of one with more visable grain. The end grain is very open too.

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#4 posted 09-07-2017 05:47 PM

Not sure is this helps, but it was also stained very dark. I know some woods are stained a certain way commonly, so I thought that may be a clue

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#5 posted 09-07-2017 06:08 PM

If it’s really really hard, then I’d say Pecan/Hickory. Got any amorphous yellowy bands of color in it? (or even more positive, dark brown contrasty heartwood.)

If not really hard, then Ash (which doesn’t have any yellow/cream amorphous color bands).

But for some reason it’s looking like Rubber Wood to me – this isn’t an “heirloom set” that was made-in-China by any chance?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#6 posted 09-07-2017 06:25 PM

That second picture is much better. I agree with Underdog – Pecan/Hickory.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#7 posted 09-07-2017 06:57 PM

No banding, the wood has a very uniform color. I don’t think made in China, and looks like the dowel joints were secured with hide glue. If I push as hard as my fingernail allows, I can put a faint mark in it. It also has oak-like flocking in the grain, not sure if the photo showed that

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#8 posted 09-07-2017 07:25 PM

OK, I just cut the end off to get a better look at the end grain, and the dust smells very nutty. If the scent of the wood helps, it did smell like pecan nuts. Here’s a photo:

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#9 posted 09-07-2017 07:39 PM

I’ll be the third vote for Hickory. Especially after seeing the end grain.

-- Pete

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#10 posted 09-07-2017 07:56 PM

This is a great day for my if I just scored Hickory where I live, hardwoods are not easy to come by

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#11 posted 09-07-2017 09:03 PM

I’ve been wanting to make a mallet and chisel handles amongst other custom tools for the shop, this will be amazing to work with. Do we have more votes?

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#12 posted 09-08-2017 12:25 PM

If there aren’t any color bands, then I’m gonna say Ash. If you can dent it with a fingernail, I’m gonna guess it’s not hickory/pecan.
Most of the time folks don’t make furniture out of hickory/pecan because it’s so darn hard, and more importantly, it moves like crazy.
Ash is the more friendly wood for making furniture. It’s lighter weight, softer and easier to work, and it’s a very strong, stable, good looking wood.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#13 posted 09-08-2017 12:36 PM

What no votes for Alder?

-- Gary, Texas "That’s just my $.02 and I have no personal experience so take it with a grain of salt ;-P, HokieKen"

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#14 posted 09-08-2017 02:59 PM

I do have very hard fingernails :) is there any possibility for the white oak suggestion, or are we still in the ash/hickory area?

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#15 posted 09-08-2017 04:18 PM

I suppose it could be oak, but the ray flecks in that second picture makes me think Ash.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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