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Can anyone help me identify this wood. I was given some offcuts of hardwood and for some of them I really am not sure exactly what I have. This one I am stumped with:

Here’s a closeup of the same piece:


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#1 posted 11-22-2012 12:08 AM

Maybe Cherry?

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#2 posted 11-22-2012 12:10 AM

Looks like birch to me. Have seen a good bit of it with that dark streak like yours.


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#3 posted 11-22-2012 12:14 AM

Whatever it is, it sure has a lot of sapwood. man.

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 12:24 AM

it kinda looks like cherry…

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#6 posted 11-22-2012 12:26 AM

Knowing the woods in your area, it is less likely to be cherry and more likely to be yellow birch ( assuming this wood is local)

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#7 posted 11-22-2012 12:26 AM

I on the side of the birches. It’s wonderful stuff; I chose it for my own kitchen.



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#8 posted 11-22-2012 12:35 AM

Interesting… that link from Steve is very similar and after seeing that I’m thinking it’s birch.

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#9 posted 11-22-2012 02:30 PM

Actually from that link I checked cherry and it looks a lot like Birch as well as like my piece.
So, I’m still stumped!

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#10 posted 11-22-2012 02:58 PM

Where did this piece come from?
How long ago was the piece cut?

Cherry starts off a pinkish color but then gets darker quite quickly when exposed to light ( matter of hours or days).

One test might be to set it outside in the sun and put something across it ( like a ruler or another piece of wood). If after a few hours of exposure, the object placed on it has left a ‘shadow’, then it might be cherry.

The color seems wrong for cherry but it’s hard to tell – the colors in your two pictures are different. Which do you think is more accurate?

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#11 posted 11-22-2012 02:59 PM

Put it in the sun for a day or 2 with part of the board covered. If it gets darker on the exposed part it is cherry.

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#12 posted 11-22-2012 03:02 PM

I planed it over a week ago and there has been no noticeable change in colour. I would call it brown, there is no “red” or “pink” to it at all, so I’m assuming that rules out cherry?

Thanks all for the help, quite a learning experience!

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#13 posted 11-22-2012 03:16 PM

Flame birch with some heart wood , got a fair amount of it, makes for some nice projects.

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#14 posted 11-22-2012 10:09 PM

French Olive Ash is my guess … I have flitches of veneer that appear very similar to your photo … although it’s always hard to go by photos. Good luck on the ‘guessing game’ Julie … somebody’s bound to get it right!!

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#15 posted 11-26-2012 03:42 AM

Is the board really heavy for its size? A close up of a clean slice of the end-grain showing the growth rings will really help.

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