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Will Merrit

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11-21-2017 02:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood lumber species identify

I found that my Dad had a bunch of this stock sitting under our house in MS for years. He says is probably older than me, I am 30. I am not sure what it is, at first I thought it might be Walnut but it has no light sapwood near the live edge and the grain is quite curly. And then I thought maybe it is mahogany, although I have not seen much with this much color variation. Thoughts?


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#1 posted 11-21-2017 03:39 PM

Looks like some really fine gummy cherry to me, Will … similar to what I used for my William & Mary Prie Dieu.
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 03:55 PM

Ron,

Thats a beautiful piece! That side panel looks almost exactly like the stuff I have. I am making serving boards out of it. If this stuff is pretty rare I might need to hang on and use it for something more fitting. Did you sand it, I used my #4 smoother and still got tearout on the curly parts?

The wood has what looks like “birds eye” in it.

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 04:06 PM

Sure looks like Walnut to me.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#4 posted 11-21-2017 04:06 PM

Thanks, Will. Gummy cherry is somewhat difficult to work with. I used a very sharp smoother and card scrapers. I cannot attest to it, as I am 100% unplugged, but I have heard that it burns easily with power tools. The end result is priceless if you take your time working with it. I’m not sure about the rarity, but you can’t beat the beauty. Good luck!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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#5 posted 11-21-2017 04:06 PM

Looks like cherry to me too.

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 04:19 PM



Sure looks like Walnut to me.

- Randy_ATX

This is similar to the to the board on the left side of your Cherry with walnut and maple inlay floor mirror from back in 2012.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 11-21-2017 04:41 PM

It looks really pretty to me! :)

-- Pete

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#8 posted 11-21-2017 09:33 PM

Alder (yes, I was the first to correctly identify!)

-- Gary, Texas

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#9 posted 11-21-2017 09:47 PM



Alder (yes, I was the first to correctly identify!)

- doubleG469


 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 11-21-2017 11:20 PM

No question, it looks like Walnut to me.

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

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#11 posted 11-21-2017 11:50 PM

Put me in the Walnut camp, too. No way that’s cherry.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#12 posted 11-22-2017 12:09 AM

Walnut.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 11-22-2017 12:21 AM

Sorry I’m late. Alder. 100%.

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

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#14 posted 11-22-2017 01:31 AM



Alder (yes, I was the first to correctly identify!)

- doubleG469

Alder? seriously, that’s what your going with? Going to have to do better than that. It’s obviously Mississippi Red Alder.

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#15 posted 11-22-2017 01:38 AM


Alder (yes, I was the first to correctly identify!)

- doubleG469

Alder? seriously, that s what your going with? Going to have to do better than that. It s obviously Mississippi Red Alder.

- Mustang67


I’m with him it’s Alder

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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