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Ripper70

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09-26-2017 07:12 PM

Hey All,

Wondering what it is I have here… First pic is end grain, wetted to enhance detail. Next two are of opposite edges of the same sample. It’s fairly hard and kind of brittle. No distinct smell that I can detect.

Any illumination would be greatly appreciated.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo


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jerryminer

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#1 posted 09-26-2017 08:38 PM

Looks like White Meranti (Lauan)—but I wouldn’t call that species “hard”

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 09-26-2017 09:00 PM

First impression: Luan (also spelled Lauan)

-- "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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#3 posted 09-26-2017 09:02 PM

I agree that it looks like Meranti.

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#4 posted 09-26-2017 11:15 PM

White or Yellow Meranti.
Or….any of the other dozens and dozens….and dozens of similar woods in the Shorea Genus.
Meranti, for the most part, I wouldn’t necessarily call ‘hard’. Harder than Soft Maple, but not much. I’d say it was more dense than hard…if that makes any sense.

Awesome pictures btw.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#5 posted 09-26-2017 11:23 PM

Alder. 100%.

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

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#6 posted 09-27-2017 12:52 AM

Could it be sycamore ?

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#7 posted 09-27-2017 12:55 AM

Okay. So, we have 4 for Meranti and 1 for Alder. The wood database references both and, after careful study, I’m convinced Meranti is the correct call.

The end grains of both are somewhat similar, I’ll concede, but the description of the “workability” of the Meranti vs. the Alder describe my sample very accurately. However, I believe I’ve got a hunk of “Light Red” Meranti based on the description and what it actually looks like in person. The color may not translate as accurately in the photos.

I’ve actually worked with Luan before when involved in building stage sets. But the Luan in my experience was always in 4’ x 8’ sheets that we would use to build scenery flats with. I remember the brittle, splintery grain that seems familiar with this sample that I have and I believe Tony, Art, DS and Jerry have hit the proverbial nail on the head with their guesses.

Thanks guys. I appreciate the assist.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#8 posted 09-27-2017 01:21 AM



Could it be sycamore ?

- mahdee

Negative.

Believe what you want. It is alder :)

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

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#9 posted 09-27-2017 02:39 AM

Alder

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Ripper70

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#10 posted 09-27-2017 04:18 AM

Sample plank of light red meranti from Hobbit house

My sample.

Sample end grain of light red meranti from Hobbit house

My end grain sample (slightly darker due to wetting sample in an effort to show more detail)

Alder end grain pic

Alder plank

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#11 posted 09-27-2017 04:22 AM

I think you have the samples mixed up. It’s clearly alder at the top.

You know what. I don’t have to take this. I’m taking my alder elsewhere.

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

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#12 posted 09-27-2017 04:38 AM

Fridge, you’re joshing me, I hope!

I purposely included the link above to the site where the image was sourced. You can check for yourself. I’m not arguing with your assessment. You may be correct. I really don’t know, but I’m inclined to agree that its Meranti based on the info I found after the suggestion of the other folks above. The sample images are not mixed up.

BTW, I never even heard the word “Meranti” before today. I’ve heard of Luan and have even used it. Never made the connection.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#13 posted 09-27-2017 05:01 AM



Fridge, you re joshing me, I hope!

- Ripper70

If you haven’t figured it out yet—- it’s a running joke. Alder is the Fridge’s only answer to species questions.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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Ripper70

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#14 posted 09-27-2017 05:23 AM

Gotcha. Thanks for setting me straight, Jerry. I’ll have to read through some of the archives of Fridge’s 7,000 plus posts so I can better appreciate his sense of humor. Always admired his performance in Super Bowl XX.

I’m using this wood to trim out a box I’m working on, and you can be sure that if anybody asks me what kind of wood it is, I’ll tell them, “Alder, of course!”

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#15 posted 09-27-2017 03:16 PM

” Always admired his performance in Super Bowl XX.”
The ‘85 Bears were a force to be reckoned with.

LOVE IT! Too funny!

-- "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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