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Forum topic by Builder_Bob posted 05-31-2011 03:39 PM 1109 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2011 03:39 PM

.. if so, don’t read this.

Help! Does anyone know what kind of wood this is? It’s from eastern Massachusetts.


-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 03:46 PM

roughsawn. You can thank me later. No, seriously, I have no idea, hard to tell the way it is cut. Do you have any cleaned up pieces or a piece showing more of the bark?

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 04:00 PM

Yes a better picture would help. Showing more bark or a closer pic of the grain, or both.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 04:05 PM

Looks like oak to me. In this case, the bark is a good clue. However, I cannot tell if this is white oak or red oak.

FYI – The “what kind of wood is this?” question does not annoy me but I think people should realize that just seeing a picture limits your ability to recognize a wood. I think I know my woods quite well, but for me to recognize a wood, I like to lift it, smell it and attempt to push a fingernail into it to judge hardness.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 04:58 PM

I have no idea but, is that a schnauzer?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 05:02 PM

Yes, I am annoyed by those “what is this wood” questions, because I never have the answer, and I don’t have the answer to this one either. I like looking at those type questions though so I may learn something. So, I am annoyed because I don’t know, yet happy that I learn. I am so torn right now.


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#6 posted 05-31-2011 05:09 PM

No! Because I may want to ask the collective ‘hive mind’ here myself one day! I’ll be following to glean info from others’ knowledge.
PS- Somebody needs to sharpen the band mill blade. ;-)


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#7 posted 05-31-2011 05:28 PM

Well looking at the lack of grain and white color im thinking aspen or poplar.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#8 posted 05-31-2011 06:34 PM

im with Rich,, some kinda oak

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#9 posted 05-31-2011 06:43 PM

Sorry about the photo. I don’t have access to the wood, so I can’t easily take another photo. I tried to show the bark because the wood was so bland and featureless. I guess that’s a clue too! Here’s another photo I took that day.

We know there’s some Beech in the pile, we’re not asking about that.

Yes, he is a Schnauzer.


-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 07:57 AM

Looks identical to some of the red oak slabs I have in my barn

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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