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dee2

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01-17-2012 10:25 PM

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Does anyone out there know what type of wood this is. I found it in a stack of free wood. It was 8” wide,tongue and grooved; and somewhat weathered. After planing, this is what I found. Yes, those are blue streaks through it. I know chemicals can sometimes discolor wood, but these look natural and quite uneven. The tiny holes were there too. Not all of the areas with holes are blue, that’s what is confusing. It seems to be about the equivalent of maple in hardness, density and general color. Could not tell by the smell when cut either. This one I can’t identify. Any idea? Thanks in advance.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!


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#1 posted 01-17-2012 10:28 PM

Take a look here it might help.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 10:37 PM

Looks like a type of cherry to me.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 10:45 PM

Looks like ambrosia maple to me. It could possibly be ambrosia cherry… I’ve never actually seen any. But the pointy stripes and the small holes definitely are a sign of the ambrosia beetle.

http://www.woodnshop.com/Hardwood/MAPLE_AMBROSIA.htm

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 10:53 PM

I wonder if the wood color is coming through correctly in the picture. It definitely looks like the ambrosia maple I’ve seen, except it’s redder, which is why I suggested cherry.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 11:34 PM

It’s ambrosia maple. Some logs have a dark heart. Boards like this are exactly what I look for to use for laminated gunstocks. The color on a finished stock looks like natural desert camo. Here’s one laminated with walnut and cherry in the center.

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-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 01:28 AM

Thanks guys for the prompt replies and referrals. Will save this piece of wood for something special.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 01:47 AM

Silver Maple with ambrosia beetle stains would be my guess.
It could also be hard maple with ambrosia beetle stains.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 01-18-2012 05:00 AM

Nice Ambrosia maple! It is called that because the beetle that causes the holes are Ambrosia beetles. They carry a fungus on their bodies, and it is that symbiotic fungus that causes the blue color.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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