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02-03-2018 04:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood species grain skill style

I recently went to a estate sale and was given a whole stack of ruff milled lumber. The homeowner didn’t know where her husband had gotten it but she said I can have it all for free. I planed one side and crosscut one end to expose the end and face gain but I can’t figure out what I have. Judging by the way and how my machines are behaving when I cut or plane it, I’m positive it is a hard wood. It looks like there is 2 different species. Neither of them have a distinct smell. Just could use some help. I’m in South Jersey if that helps any. The pictures are of the wood planed and not planed

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#1 posted 02-03-2018 05:00 PM

I’ll bet you a beer “fridge” tells you it’s Alder!!!

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#2 posted 02-03-2018 05:38 PM

Hell yeah. Alder. 100%. Maple alder to be exact.

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#3 posted 02-03-2018 05:53 PM

It looks like there are 2 different species. Maybe I took bad pictures. You think they are both alder?

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#4 posted 02-03-2018 06:06 PM

Not necessarily. Fridge always says it is alder when someone asks for wood identification. It is a confusing and worn out attempt at humor. He should be ignored.

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#5 posted 02-03-2018 06:11 PM

Amen what ArtMan said

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#6 posted 02-03-2018 06:19 PM

I like alder. I’m with fridge…

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#7 posted 02-03-2018 06:34 PM


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#8 posted 02-03-2018 07:00 PM

If you’re in South Jersey, it could be Toms River Alder. But I always get these wrong.

If not Alder, the light colored one looks like it could be Poplar.

Either way, free lumber is always my favorite!

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#9 posted 02-03-2018 07:21 PM

They both look like Maple of some sort. Better pic’s (close ups) would help.

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#10 posted 02-03-2018 07:29 PM

One on the left….Cherry. One on the right…..Maple.

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#11 posted 02-03-2018 07:37 PM

Not that this helps any, but I like making a note in my lumber stash just so that if I kick the bucket someone will know what goodies I left behind for them :-D

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#12 posted 02-03-2018 08:24 PM


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#13 posted 02-04-2018 01:05 AM


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#14 posted 02-04-2018 06:18 AM

Give some credits guys. I said maple alder.

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#15 posted 02-04-2018 12:21 PM

It is maple, likely red maple.

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