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Forum topic by JohnMcClure posted 12-29-2017 02:46 AM 604 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2017 02:46 AM

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Years ago I picked up a thick tree branch in a parking lot. Must have fallen out of the landscaper’s waste pile.
Milled a small section recently, wondering what it is. I was thinking white oak but would like to hear your ideas.
Living just north of Houston, TX, the most common hardwoods are sweetgum and the red oaks; but considering the origin, this could have been an ornamental so anything goes. Pics show bark, end grain, and QS and FS face grain.
Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 12-29-2017 03:45 AM

Alder. 100%

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#2 posted 12-29-2017 12:44 PM

It is a red oak. The large medullary rays confirm this. White oak bark is lighter in color and more scaly.

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#3 posted 12-29-2017 12:51 PM

Is the Alder Psychologist in the house? Another victim….

BTW, +1 for the red oak.

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#4 posted 12-29-2017 01:08 PM

I would have guessed White Oak, just due to the large size of the medullaries alone, but I’m no expert on the bark of an Oak tree, just the guts. Face grain looks more White Oakish to me as well, but the pics aren’t that great either. I’d trust Danny on this one.

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