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Forum topic by ericjolene posted 10-24-2017 06:06 PM 559 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ericjolene

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10-24-2017 06:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple question

I’m a very new woodworker needing help with identifying this wood. This is the lower table on a 2 tiered rotating coffee table. The rotating mechanism is stamped Heywood Wakefield. My mother refinished it around 1959, as you can see it needs help after time in a leaking storage unit. Any knowledge shared is greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 10-24-2017 06:16 PM

It’s really hard to tell from one picture from one angle of a stained piece, but it does not look like maple to me.

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#2 posted 10-24-2017 09:59 PM

Could be either based on that picture. Are you just curious or do you need to know for some reason?

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#3 posted 10-24-2017 10:38 PM

I am 60% confident it is Maple.

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#4 posted 10-25-2017 12:24 AM

Alder.

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#5 posted 10-25-2017 01:27 AM


Alder.

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#6 posted 10-25-2017 01:53 AM

Even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then :) my first thoughts were cherry but that’s heretical.

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ericjolene

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#7 posted 10-25-2017 02:45 AM

Really just curious, I thought it was maple but read that Heywood Wakefield switched to birch in 1940. I don’t think the piece is that old.

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#8 posted 10-25-2017 03:42 AM

I may have been wrong about the age of my table. Just found a great picture of it in a 1937 Heywood Wakefield trade catalog. The introduction to the catalog states most of the Colonial line was Yellow Birch with some in maple.

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#9 posted 10-25-2017 12:02 PM

Looks like maple to me, too.

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#10 posted 10-28-2017 01:39 PM



Alder.

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highly valuable figured alder.

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