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Forum topic by rtbrmb posted 12-22-2011 08:17 AM 665 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2011 08:17 AM

I am a novice & have planed some salvaged palet stock for some future box projects.

I was wondering if any of the experts out there could help with identifying the wood type ?

1st 2 pictures are the same board, last 2 are a different board.

Thanks in advance.

o.k. I’m convinced the 1st was butternut. i took 3 new pictures of the 2nd group of boards in natural light. thanks for your help so far.


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#1 posted 12-22-2011 08:53 AM

I think the flash threw the color off in these pictures, While I recognize the wood’s grain, the color is really not what it should be for the woods that come to mind.

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 02:56 PM

I agree with TCC. The first picture looks like it could be butternut. The last the grain looks a little like hickory, but the color doesn’t look right.

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 04:23 PM

White Walnut all so called Butternut

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 04:33 PM

I agree that there may be a picture problem here due to the flash.

Nonetheless, I am more inclined to guess the first board is walnut. Walnut and Butternut have similar grains and the main difference is color.

I agree on the second board having the grain of hickory.

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 07:48 PM

I was actually thinking Makore for the first, possibly pecan, which looks like hickory because it’s in the family, butis darker in color.

He took a picture in the dark, with a flash, and well, it’s gonna make the wood just look different.

P.s yes sometimes flawed exotic woods wind up in pallets, but I doubt makore would.

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 08:43 AM

I am almost certain that the first board is hickory. If it was butternut, it would be light and you could easily dent it with your fingernail. If it is hickory, it will be hard as hades, dense and heavy, and if you try to dent it with your fingernail, it will break off your fingernail…....

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#7 posted 12-23-2011 08:58 AM

Hickory, I had thought maybe pecan, but Pecan tends to have a bit more pink to it when kiln dried.
But even if it is pecan, hickory is still a solid guess, because Pecan is in… the Hickory family :X

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