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Forum topic by ErikF posted 573 days ago 1330 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ErikF

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573 days ago

I picked some boards recently and am not sure if the guy I bought them from was correct as to what species of tree the lumber came from. He told me it is white oak…the guy has a lot of wood that he purchased from an urban lumber guy in Southern California. It looks like it has some characteristics of quatersawn oak but it also shares characteristics with a large eucalyptus board I have.

What do you all think?

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#1 posted 573 days ago

Not really familiar with eucalyptus. Can’t say I have ever seen it in real life. This does look like it could be oak though.

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#2 posted 573 days ago

Another thing that seemed different. The sawdust is similar to that of Bocote…kind of greasy and thick. The stuff is very heavy and solid.

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#3 posted 573 days ago

Looks like white oak to me. The rays that you see on some of the faces, are typical of pieces that have been quarter sawn.

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#4 posted 573 days ago

Might be eucalyptus or some other wood. Like I said I have never seen or held eucalyptus. I think it is oily so probsably is heavy. Hard to tell what you have if you cna’t feel it and tast or smell it. Those things often help you decide. Get a splinter and chew it. As far as looks…well, I milled some pin oak from my yard and it looks like this.

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#5 posted 572 days ago

Definitely white oak. It also looks honeycombed, too, an indication of too-fast drying.

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#6 posted 572 days ago

I agree with White Oak…..

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#7 posted 571 days ago

Thanks for the help, gents. Just another reason I love this website. WDHLT15 what happens when wood is honeycombed?

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#8 posted 571 days ago

Honeycombed wood has splits and checks internally. Sometimes the surface looks good, but when you open up the inside, there are internal splits and checks. This happens when the outer shell dries much too fast so that the core is put under great stress, causing the wood fibers to separate.

-- Danny, Located in Perry, GA, Forester, Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill

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