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recycle1943

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05-15-2018 05:45 PM

A while back I bought some lumber somewhere and in the pile I came across two 5/4×8” x 8’ planks. At first glance I thought them to be white oak, then I picked one up and knew it wasn’t oak – way too light.
I planed one down to see what I had and found it had a little cupping but no twist nor bow so I ended up with a treal nice plank 15/15” thick and 8’ long.
To my surprise, the more I planed the more attractive the plank became but now I still don’t know what I have. I am hopeing that the vast knowledge base on here will help me out.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them


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#1 posted 05-15-2018 06:09 PM

Could be holly.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 07:45 PM



Could be holly.

- Gene Howe

is that a tree – never heard of/used holly before

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 07:48 PM

just googled, couldn’t find anything with the rusty red color

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 05-15-2018 08:31 PM

Hi Dick,
I can’t tell without smelling it and that is not for certain. I have a couple boards that are real light too, different grains and I don’t have a clue what they are, but they made a nice light folding step stool! Take it to Woodcraft to see if they can ID it.

Cheers, Jim

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 09:00 PM

Poplar maybe. You’d know by the weight and
grain if you’ve handled it before. I think it can
get into that color range, though perhaps
it’s uncommon.

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William Shelley

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#6 posted 05-15-2018 09:04 PM

It looks like really clear pine maybe. Can you post a photo of the end grain?

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 05-15-2018 10:57 PM

Loren – I ruled out poplar, no green and the feel and lack of grain pattern

William, funny thing – the first thing my wife said was pine but I have NEVER seen pine with the rusty red color

Jim – I can’t pick up any aroma and I would have thought by planing it the pine scent would have been strong

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 05-15-2018 11:23 PM

Looks like a lot of the so called “brown maple” some lumber places have around my area in Central Indiana. So a soft maple species like silver or red maple.

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#9 posted 05-15-2018 11:44 PM

Is this a match? It is some wood I salvaged from a Flowering Crabapple.

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#10 posted 05-16-2018 12:37 AM

Try these sites:

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

http://www.woodfinder.com/woods/woodindex.php

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#11 posted 05-16-2018 11:46 AM

Sure looks like hickory. All the colors are right. A close up of the end grain using razor knife to make a clean slice will confirm.

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#12 posted 05-16-2018 12:00 PM

Based on what we can see…a guess is Danny Hansley is on it . How about weight ? That seems to be the´holdup for my guess. Too much grain (not figure) for Holly. Southern holly has no distinct brown heartwood, maybe up north it does. My neck of the north-florida woods is called “Holly Branch” We have a boatload of the stuff. No brown heartwood ever seen here. How you doing Dick ? Hope you are well. How is the experimenting coming with the Resin additions ? I am looking for a larger paint pot to refurbish as a pressure pot for casting bubble free blanks for larger works. Goodon’ya, Don Schneider, Havana

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#13 posted 05-16-2018 12:24 PM

Alder. Definitely.

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#14 posted 05-16-2018 12:28 PM

It doesn’t look “grainy” enough for Hickory, although the color is close… but if it’s so light that it’s not Oak, then it’s certainly NOT Hickory.

My guess, without seeing close-ups of the grain, is some kind of Aspen/Poplar/Cottonwood. True, Poplar tends to come in green/purple/black/very light brown, but the fibrous edges point me to the kind of grain pattern typical of those types of trees.

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#15 posted 05-16-2018 12:56 PM

I’m leaning to pine of some sort because of the weight and it marks easily with a fingernail. I cut a piece off with my cordless and got a couple pics of the end grain. Maybe this will help – still doesn’t smell like pine but you can’t trust my sniffer ‘cause I can fart, don’t hear it nor smell it. so who’s the lucky one ?

The top pic is the cut off, second one is the plank

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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