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02-06-2013 09:34 AM

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I am new to this site and am looking for some help. I generally only work with reclaimed wood. I recently recieved what I initially thought was going to be some oak from a buddy, however after planing it down discovered it is not. I have a hunch as to what it is, however do not want to say as it may sway opinions. The wood it quite light and is as hard as oak. Here is a picture of it wood after it was planed and joined as a table top. Any help you all could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 10:27 PM

Definately not oak alright; I’d say maple of some sort.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 10:59 PM

Looks like Birch to me.

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 11:07 PM

I agree with Shane…looks like birch….or soft maple, but you said it was hard…so I say birch

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 03:11 AM

I am really interested to see if anyone recognizes these grain anomalies. They appear to have occurred naturally and perhaps this will give a real definite answer to the question.

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 03:21 AM

maple cherry or birch, some variant of hard to tell from that photo.

Dozen it is naturally, and it’s called spalting, you can look it up and see several examples of it.

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 03:24 AM

If you are referring to the black streaks,that is called spalting. Basically like a mold/fungus found in lots of types of wood. The bigger picture here,does have a maple look to it though. Tough for me to say for sure.

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 03:28 AM

I would say maple or birch, too. Definitely a diffuse porous hardwood because the grain is subdued. The spalted board is maple. Maple spalts really well.

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 04:00 AM

sap cherry
If it’s light in weight and from the pic, I would guess Cherry in one shape or form

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 04:15 AM

Dozen, what did you think it was?
I think it is Cherry.

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#10 posted 02-08-2013 04:17 AM

I’m thinking alder.

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#11 posted 02-08-2013 04:19 AM

Hard Maple spalts similar but have seen Cherry do it very close…and the lightness of the wood may explain it.
See the pink in the wood, I still say Cherry.

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#12 posted 02-08-2013 04:22 AM

maybe but I don’t think so.
Alder is a lot straighter with cross checks, I think

“Alder or commonly called Red Alder is light tan to reddish brown hardwood that has a similar appearance to Birch. Grain is fairly straight and the pores are closed.”

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#13 posted 02-08-2013 04:27 AM

pretty sure it’s not alder, alder tends to be fairly uniform in it’s color, which when worked is typically pinkish. The reason I suggest birch or cherry is the pinkish hughes in the wood, not really all that comon in most species of maple. however the camera that took that picture really didn’t have the proper lighting in order to see the subtleties of the wood color.

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#14 posted 02-08-2013 04:37 AM

Cherry.
I am also suggesting that the two different pics depicting the species are not the same.
The first “tabletop” pic is clearly a different species or cut…if that is possible, of the other.
I say the first pic IS Cherry…the second, a long neighbor of it…maybe, but pink also, and Cherry too, not a desirable cut, but all the same, Cherry

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#15 posted 02-08-2013 04:40 AM

Cameras, suck…I want to see and touch, but…Cherry

if you look at the bottom left of the Spalting pic, you’ll see some figure, I attribute it to Flaming Cherry

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