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Forum topic by Ken90712 posted 05-08-2012 11:37 PM 2051 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2012 11:37 PM

I don’t know why I waited this long to ask the experts on here for help. I bought a lot of wood from a lady that had her husband past away last yr. I have been helping here finish projects around the house for free. Well, she pays for the material. I made 15 big drawers, a cutting board and help with odds and ends. We this is the 2nd big load of wood I got from her. I bought it but she gave me such a good deal I reminded here it worth more than she was charging me several times. She said, she wanted it to go to woodworker. Her husband would want that. I know what a lot of it is but this particular wood I’m having a hard time identifying.

I think it might be Ash but it seems to have too dark of grain, I also thought birch? Then while looking through the book I couldn’t figure it out and gave up for a while.

What do guys think?

Thx Ken

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 11:59 PM

Alder perhaps.

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 12:02 AM

the third pic… look similar in grain to European Walnut…

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 12:04 AM

Some of it looks like Hickory possibly

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 01:07 AM

I think Pecan or Butternut maybe.

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 01:07 AM

You can tell people it’s “wood wattle”. Then explain it’s “wood wattle” burn good.

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#6 posted 05-09-2012 01:10 AM

Butternut is my guess, and only a guess.

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#7 posted 05-09-2012 01:46 AM

I think that it is persimmon. Is it very hard and heavy? Persimmon has black streaks in the pith, and the center of knots will be black in some cases, especially small knots near the pith. Persimmon is in the ebony family, so that is the reason for the black streaks and knots.

Persimmon is semi-ring porous, like walnut, where the pores start off large in the growth ring and gradually get smaller. The grain of persimmon reminds me of a light grained walnut. The black that I see in some of the pics and the grain pattern lead me to persimmon. Does the wood really have black streaks and knots, or am I seeing things?

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#8 posted 05-09-2012 03:38 PM

Pecan or Hickory. The standing boards look like walnut. If you plane them, it may be more obvious.

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#9 posted 05-09-2012 03:47 PM

I’m Leaning toward Pecan/Hickory Also for the first (3) Pics

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#10 posted 05-09-2012 03:55 PM

this is a good object lesson in why we have to teach our wives or significant others to know our wood racks and what is what. Good buy Ken!!!!

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#11 posted 05-10-2012 10:16 AM

From what I can tell from all the help and reading google, its persimmon. The tendcy to cup when drying helped figure it out. I was leaning towards butternut , pecan and hickory as well, as suggested. Thx for all the help, if anyone has other ideas I’m all ears!

Thx fellow woodworkers.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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