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Forum topic by vetsin posted 09-18-2017 04:43 AM 655 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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vetsin

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09-18-2017 04:43 AM

Heya, I’m new to woodworking and I came up on some unknown pieces of wood. I was hoping ya’ll could help me identify these:

I’d also appreciate any tips on how you might go about figuring out what’s what…


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#1 posted 09-18-2017 07:48 AM

The 2 on the outsides look like White Oak and the center looks like Yellow Pone.

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#2 posted 09-18-2017 02:48 PM

(L to R) White oak, pine, not-really-sure (grain seems wrong for oak, the curl is interesting)

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#3 posted 09-18-2017 02:55 PM

Alder, alder, alder

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#4 posted 09-18-2017 03:38 PM

Left: Oak, Middle: Pine, Right: ??? Hope this helps!

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#5 posted 09-18-2017 03:46 PM

Left is oak, middle is pine, right could be a bunch of stuff. The grain doesn’t look tight enough to be oak.

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#6 posted 09-19-2017 05:04 AM

Interesting, the middle looked like pine to me but I’ve only experience was in softer pine and the weight threw me off. Thanks for the help! It seemed to me like the left and right pieces were of different species, but I can’t really say for sure myself.

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#7 posted 09-19-2017 05:23 AM

Farmed softwoods tend to grow REALLY fast and are thus a lot less dense, so if you’re comparing a piece of old/first growth, or even second growth, to the typical stuff at a big box store, I could see how it would be confusing.

End-grain pictures might help identify the piece on the right.

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#8 posted 09-19-2017 11:53 AM

L-R
Oak, Pine, Curly Maple (?)

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 09-19-2017 11:55 AM

Left: Oak (perhaps black oak), Middle: Pine (perhaps short leaf pine), Right: Cherry (perhaps interlocked grain)

But like William says, end grain photos would help a lot with identification.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#10 posted 09-20-2017 04:50 AM

The endgrain of the rightmost piece, for the interested.

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#11 posted 09-20-2017 05:07 AM

Definitely alder

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#12 posted 09-20-2017 11:18 AM



Alder, alder, alder

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Cracked me right up!

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 09-20-2017 08:34 PM

Seems to be a problem with the end grain photo … at least I am unable to see it on my end. (???)

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#14 posted 09-21-2017 05:03 AM

:)


Seems to be a problem with the end grain photo … at least I am unable to see it on my end. (???)

- Ron Aylor

Take my word for it. It’s alder.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 09-21-2017 05:35 AM

Oak, Pine, ( I think we pretty much agree on that) and my two cents is soft maple for the last one, maybe silver maple. push a pen or awl or even fingernail into them if the right one much much softer than the oak and similar to the pine I’d be confidant it’s soft maple.

-- Ted

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