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Forum topic by TiffinMn posted 05-02-2013 06:08 AM 861 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked this up last weekend at a local lumberyard. The plan is for it to be turned into multiple drawer fronts for a small tool cabinet. Or possibly a box. I am leaning towards the drawer front route though. The images came out redder than they seem to be to me in person. I took them in natural light. Hard stuff.

Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 05-02-2013 07:37 AM

Looks like Cherry, from here. Does it have an odor of any distinction?

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 09:34 AM

I thought cherry as well

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 10:34 AM

Looks like a light colored Walnut.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 11:00 AM


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#5 posted 05-02-2013 11:55 AM

It is ring porous. You can see the pattern of the wavy bands in the latewood very distinctly. Looks like little squiggles. This makes it an elm or hackberry. The color would indicate elm because hackberry has a nice cream color. If you look at the end grain after you make a slice with a razor blade, you should see the wavy bands in the latewood very easily.

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 12:35 PM

Where would you rank the hardness of it? Cherry? Maple? Alder? Cast iron?

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#7 posted 05-02-2013 03:29 PM

No distinct odor. I have a good amount of cherry and walnut and it is not that. It is pretty hard. Harder than my maple, cherry and walnut stash but not as hard as my Brazilian cherry or Brush box (now that’s some dense stuff). I work with cast iron a good bit also, I do metal casting on a regular basis, its not that tough.

I am leaning towards Elm.

Thanks! Will posts up the project once I get to it. I have some other items to finish first.

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#8 posted 05-02-2013 03:33 PM

birch? I don’t think elm is harder than cherry. Birch is however.

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#9 posted 05-02-2013 07:22 PM

Do we know if it is domestic? The reddish tint reminds me of Canarywood but that is from south america. Just a thought.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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