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Forum topic by revanson11 posted 766 days ago 792 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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The pics. What species is this. extremely dense and heavy. brownish red on the outside, yellow on the inside.

-- Randy, Central MN


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#1 posted 766 days ago

The picture on top looks like Fir, but given that its heavy and seems too yellow in the bottom picture, it has me stumped. Good luck on ID.

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#2 posted 766 days ago

hedge

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#3 posted 766 days ago

hickory?

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#4 posted 766 days ago

Osage Orange (also called a hedge apple)? Is it real hard?

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 766 days ago

Thanks for all your suggestions. I’m pretty sure RogerM has hit the nail on the head. All the characteristics of Osage Orange fit what I have. I’m going to try to re-saw some of it into 1/8th inch slices and mount them on MDF to use as an accent on a cabinet I am making. We’ll see if it works or not. I wonder how long it takes to turn the nice brown color once it is sanded and finished.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#6 posted 766 days ago

I agree: hedge,Bois de Arc,Osage Orange. I try to preserve the yellow color without much success. It will brown very quickly when exposed to light. A finish with some UV blockers (Spar urethane) has preserved the yellow color the best for me. (but you want yours to turn brown?)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 766 days ago

A couple of years inside or allot faster in the sunlight. I have some Osage staves drying in my hot box right now. (Osage makes the toughest bows) Tung Oil will really bring out the color and grain. Good luck with the cabinet.

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#8 posted 765 days ago

Look at the end grain. If the latewood pores (summer growth area in the growth ring) are arranged in wavy bands, it is osage orange.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#9 posted 764 days ago

I’m sorry to disagree, but it looks like mulberry to me. It starts out yellow, but turns a medium brown when exposed to light after a few weeks.

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#10 posted 764 days ago

Mulberry is nice too. It’s like Osages cousin.

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#11 posted 764 days ago

It could be mulberry. The way to tell is to look at a clean slice (like with a razor blade) of the end grain. Some of the earlywood pores (the largest pores that form in the Spring) will be open. In osage, all the earlywood pores will be totally plugged with a whitish crystalline substance called tyloses.

There is a science to this.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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