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07-22-2018 07:39 PM

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Anyone willing to take a stab at what kind of wood this is?
Heavy and dense, even at thin cuts planer was working hard to mill it.

Thanks, Garfield


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#1 posted 07-23-2018 12:28 PM

Yellow poplar.

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#2 posted 07-23-2018 12:44 PM

Id agree with poplar until you said heavy and dense. Looks like its got nail holes. What was it used for in its previous life?

Def looks like its got mineral staining.

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#3 posted 07-23-2018 02:22 PM

It looks like yellow poplar, which is neither hard nor dense. So you got me.

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#4 posted 07-23-2018 02:46 PM

I thought poplar as well but most poplar is sticky and soft like everyone else has said. That picture really looks like poplar though. How does it smell when you cut it? Poplar has an unpleasant smell when machined. If it is really old, it may have become harder based on how it has weathered. Most of the poplar I have worked with is still fairly green and it is new growth.

Cool grain patterns and coloring. What are you planning to build with it?

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gdcarpenter

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#5 posted 07-23-2018 03:12 PM

Thanks for all the replies. Lumber found in old garage being torn down next to a home built in 1942. Used as slats to store stuff off the floor. The 16d hand drive nails were a bear to pull out.

Eight planks 3/4” thick (now that they are planed) X 3 3/4” wide x 8’ long. I calculate that to be 270 cubic inches, which converts to .15625 cubic feet. Used my wife’s accurate cooking scale (that goes up to 11 pounds) the average weight of one plank is about 9 1/2 pounds. That gives a density in the area of 60+ pounds/cubic foot!

No significant odor to it. Here is a close up shot of the end grain on one piece.

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#6 posted 07-23-2018 03:17 PM

At first blush it strikes me as Poplar also.
However, reading the rest of your description and seeing the end grain, I think this could be Peroba Wood.
It has all the colors shown and is also really dense with similar grain as your pics.

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#7 posted 07-23-2018 04:25 PM

Bingo, thanks.
Should be good to use for the frames of the old boat I am restoring, a 1957 Century Palomino.

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#8 posted 07-24-2018 12:08 AM

Alder

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#9 posted 07-24-2018 12:19 AM

Last photo indicates that it is a tropical hardwood. Which one, I am not sure as I only do domestic hardwoods.

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#10 posted 07-24-2018 12:22 AM

By tropical. He means tropical alder of course.

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