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1254 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: wood identification

Does anybody have some good recommendations/sources/tips on identifying the species of a piece of lumber? I have a a large stock of offcuts that I got from my grandfather. His eyes and his memory have failed him so he is unable to tell me what most of it is. The easy ones (like Black walnut, hard maple) I get, but what about the stuff that’s just a bit more rare? Is their some scientific system I am unaware of?

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#1 posted 1254 days ago

Am I missing the pictures?

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#2 posted 1254 days ago

Take some pics and post it you will get all kinds of feed back.

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#3 posted 1254 days ago

If you have a Woodcraft near you there is a book I saw there called the Encyclopedia of Wood (I think) it has big color plates of the different woods a lot of the most common woods exotic and domestic are all in there. If you have a picture I can cross-reference it with some of the stuff I have here at my house. And see what I come up with.

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#4 posted 1254 days ago

There is also the book Identifying Wood by R. Bruce Hoadley. But that’s like really geeking out on the stuff. It’s pretty heavy.

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#5 posted 1254 days ago

Here’s one. It was identified to me as alder but I have had friends say it could be cherry. I will get some pics of the stuff I am really curious about later. but I was hoping for some general guides on the subject as well. If I have worked with the wood I can usually ident it (hand tools require a certain intimacy) but if I have not worked with it, I don’t even know where to start.

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#6 posted 1254 days ago

Try Wood Data Base

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#7 posted 1254 days ago

I would lean toward alder.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 1252 days ago

This may sound odd but if you have and alder or cherry. cut a Little of this and smell it. your nose usually does not lie. I had some lumber I could not Identify but after a Few cuts it was definrtly fir.

The soft growth does not look like either alder or cherry.
Please post it when you find out its bothering me now

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#9 posted 1252 days ago

This weekend I will do some more research and get some more of the scraps that I am having trouble with photographed. I will let you know, what the sniff test says.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 1221 days ago

Here is another entry. Not highly figured but allergic to hand-planing.

I get crumbs not shavings, and it’s green.

It seems like even my finest setting brings out very chunky shavings.

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#11 posted 1221 days ago

The first picture I had turned out to be cherry by the way.

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#12 posted 1221 days ago

aspen looks like cherry….....sort of ? first one looked like alder/aspen/beech….....I would have never said cherry

second one could be, as per your comments….....teak.

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#13 posted 1221 days ago

Woohoo, my guess was cherry…even though I am posting after the fact:P

As for the wood that is allergic to hand-planing…that would be just about any wood you find in my shop.

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#14 posted 1221 days ago

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#15 posted 1220 days ago

Jim, That’s a handy link.

Moron (I’m going to have to learn your real name) Teak… I did not check the hardness but I think it may be too soft for that.

Jesse, either you need to sharpen more sharpen more, and take a less aggressive cut, or your shop is filled with Padauk and Bubinga.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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