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02-24-2011 04:36 AM

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 02-24-2011 04:43 AM

Am I missing the pictures?

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 04:44 AM

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

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 04:45 AM

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 02-24-2011 04:46 AM

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 02-24-2011 04:52 AM

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 02-24-2011 04:53 AM

Try Wood Data Base

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 05:03 AM

I would lean toward alder.

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 02:02 PM

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.
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#9 posted 02-25-2011 04:07 PM

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.

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 04:34 AM

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 03-29-2011 04:37 AM

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

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#12 posted 03-29-2011 04:43 AM

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 03-29-2011 04:44 AM

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 03-29-2011 04:47 AM

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#15 posted 03-29-2011 02:53 PM

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.

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