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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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07-11-2011 06:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pallet wood color pine

I picked up a pallet the other day and cut it all apart. I thought it was pine, but now I’m not 100% sure. When I cut it, it didn’t have that pine smell. I also spotted a big chunk of red on one of the sides (I believe the side that faced down). Anyone have any clue what it might be?

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 07:31 AM

Of course, it is pallet wood. :)

Seriously, it could be just about anything. My first guess is oak is common for pallets if they come from north America. If it comes from elsewhere, who knows.

Generally, smell is a pretty good indicator but you have to have some reference to recognize it.

If you plane it down a bit you could have a better clue. Is it open grained or close grained? Rough like that I could see it as oak, ash, cypress, pecan, or any number of species. Especially with it being sapwood. It is a lot easier to tell with heart wood.

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 06:19 PM

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but a lot of pallet wood is red oak.

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