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derosa

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12-03-2011 04:04 AM

I picked up a small pallet last night and was happy with some of the results but uncertain as to the results. The first board is about 2.5”x3.5” and seems to have a light redish cast two it. The wood has two tones two it; I assume heart and sap wood.

A close up

The second is about 3.5” square and is extremely white, you can see it in the righht corner of the first pic; it didn’t photograph well due to the brightness.

A close up of it

Both are 4’ long and have only a few holes in them. Weight wise they seem light even compared to the cross boards. Maybe the weight of pine but they didn’t have a noticeable smell going through the planer likee pine. Any ideas?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse


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#1 posted 12-03-2011 06:18 AM

Birch has some weight to it even dry. could be fir.

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 06:22 AM

I would guess Douglas fir.

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 06:37 AM

Fir doesn’t stink like pine? Is it any stronger or better then pine?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 06:42 AM

could be beech, possible polar, could be birch too……….., hard to say

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 06:57 AM

Like I said I’m only guessing by the photo, I use Douglas fir to make moulding it has 1/4 the knots of white or yellow pine and has a very strong grain to it and often does not have a strong pine odor. Take a piece and push your thumbnail into the light part of the grain, if you can dent it easily it’s probably fir, or sand a piece with a coarse grit paper like 80 grit, if the light part of the grain sands away but the dark does not and stands proud it most likey fir. If neither of those two work out then it’s probably a hardwood that I am not familar with. Good luck hope that helps.

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 07:27 AM

I’m pretty sure that’s hemlock. It can have the broad grain of the second picture and the tight grain of the first. And that radial knot looks real hemlocky. Here in the Northwest, out on the ol’ job site, it is sometimes called “piss fir” because when it’s cut, the aroma resembles, well, you know.

Kindly,

Lee Barker

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#7 posted 12-03-2011 08:53 AM

I have a bunch of pallet wood that looks like yours I think it’s poplar but just a guess. Great to work and takes stain good. It’s almost a perfect match for birch plywood when stained.

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