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06-16-2011 05:42 PM

Hello, I found this at a garage sale and dont know what type of wood it is. Anyone know? Thanks!

-- Scott

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 10:42 PM

Looks Like Walnut.

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 11:17 PM

I agree that walnut is a good guess. However, I advise that it is always hard to define a wood based on a picture.

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

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 11:23 PM

a close up would be nice

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 11:33 PM

Thanks for the feedback, i will get closups of the grain tonight when i get home.

-- Scott

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 11:44 PM

Red Cedar, Notice how the dead branch is coming out of the trunck, also the shape of the cross section, Last but not least see how the bark looks to be threading apart – not like a Bark of an Oak or walnut.

Second Guess just off the Branches is a Black Oak, Here in OK called Blackjack

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 11:56 PM

red cedar makes sense.. the wood laying to the left in the bottom pictiure i got with the piece in question and its cedar, i was told.

-- Scott

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 01:40 AM

Scott, ya know ive seen wood just like that infest a house with “noseeums” .. you better pack it up and ship that east. Ive got the only pesticide in the country that will kill it. Trisdoiumjealousy.

I dont have a clue what kind of wood it is and was feelin a bit corny. Nice score.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 03:56 PM

Eastern red cedar…

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 06:22 PM

Isn’t eastern red fragrant? I have a lot of walnut in my yard and the bark doesn’t look that whispy.. Perhaps its been frayed a bit. Mesquite? Seems to have that same striking color. Given your location, that seems very plausible

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 06-17-2011 07:46 PM

Yes Dan it is aromatic…A little sanding will bring back the bright red color (and the fragrance will be unmistakable) One of my blogs here where I mill similar slices of eastern red cedar.

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#11 posted 06-17-2011 07:53 PM

I wasnt able to get the closups last night but i do plan on sanding it down to a finish to see that looks like… and smells like. Ill post some pics.

-- Scott

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#12 posted 06-17-2011 08:26 PM

Definitely not Walnut bark : )
I would say Cedar as well and once you start sanding it , you will know right away !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 06-18-2011 04:50 AM

Be very careful of the wood. It looks like many pinholes through the bark. I would keep it away from the shop until you are sure it isn’t infested.

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#14 posted 06-21-2011 05:43 PM

And the winner is… Cedar! You were right Darren, a little sanding confimed that real quick. Thank you all for your help and advise. Now, what to make with it??

-- Scott

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