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Forum topic by UpstateNYdude posted 05-14-2013 02:09 AM 848 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2013 02:09 AM

Curious to see what everyone thinks this may be, I received 6 of these 4”x4”x8’ posts from pallets from a guy just looking to unload them he has a few more I’m going back for…sorry if the pics suck I shot them with my cell phone.

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor


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#1 posted 05-14-2013 02:35 AM

Looks like Sycamore to me, not 100% though.

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 05:16 AM

Looks good, whatever it is. I thought maybe soft maple at
first, but I think perhaps it’s more coarse than that.

Looks well-dried so you have some usable furniture timber -
exact species often doesn’t matter that much because
beautiful work can be done in many woods.

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 05:42 AM

White Ash,Sycamore, Poplar ? My guess would be Poplar. See the last picture.

This is Poplar

This is Ash

This is Sycamore

Here is another one of Poplar.

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 11:31 AM

Looks like first pic is sycamore and second pic is yellow poplar.

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 11:34 AM

i’d think maybe birch.

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 11:48 AM

I would say maple..would need to smell it for sure.

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 02:35 AM

Thanks for the replies I have to cut the ends off them (the ones with giant checks down the center) the piece above is quartersawn out of the 4×4 so it would probably help if I split the checked end down the middle and got the full pic. A couple of them have been cherry though, the piece that this came from above is as heavy or about the same weight as the cherry 4×4 of the same length, so whatever it is it’s heavy as hell, I’ll post some better pics tomorrow.

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor

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#8 posted 05-15-2013 02:45 AM

soft maple

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#9 posted 05-15-2013 02:54 AM

soft maple

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#10 posted 05-17-2013 06:41 PM

Ok so I finally had a chance (on my lunch break because my 10 month old keeps me busy) to cut the one above in half and I also did another the other looks like Cherry to me but again I’m curious to see others opinions I still have no idea what the above is definitively. Disregard the black dots on the pictures somehow dust has gotten into the inside of my phones camera lens however that happens with a sealed lens.

Sorry about the cut I have a 1 TPI blade on now for resawing some black cherry logs and red oak logs I’ve just wedge split and I was to lazy to change my blade. If I get a chance later I’ll sand the surface smooth quick and throw the pics up after but here it is for now. The sanded ones are the ones I believe are cherry.

Appreciate everyones help identifying these or at least pointing me in some sort of direction.

Thanks,
Nick

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor

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#11 posted 05-17-2013 07:34 PM

The “flecking” in the top left corner of the first pick screams maple to me.

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#12 posted 05-18-2013 01:55 AM

im still thinkin birch

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#13 posted 05-18-2013 11:58 AM

I withdraw my comment on sycamore. After looking at the pics again, that is not it. It does look more like cherry.

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

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#14 posted 05-18-2013 09:55 PM

Totally throw my vote in for maple wood… do you know if this tree was ever in a forest fire?
Up in northern Wisconsin, I got a bit of wooded land of maple trees… it’s on a hill to the surrounding area, so many maples survived a forest fire that wiped a whole town off the map about 70 years ago. As successional forests do… first came the pine and paper birch trees. Then came tall, big leafed Basswood trees and hornbeam… and by the time my parents bought the land about 25 years ago.. the maples were just pushing back and crowding the canopy. (Today there is only one really old paper birch and the last old maple tree died last year)

During that time a lot of the old maples started to die, so we did a lot of clearing. I noticed a lot of the wood was dark in color.. same grain, figure, and texture as regular maple only dark in color. Like a light dull brown, some gray, to a dark brown. I also noticed inside many of the younger trees the heartwood starts out really almost chocolate brown, but suddenly changes to the creamy color we all know… so maybe it is a carbonization, or a caramelization of sugars? or a spalting of sorts… But I still say Maple.

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#15 posted 05-19-2013 12:39 AM

Well once my new thickness planer (Grizzly G0453Z) gets here I’ll run it through these have been outside for awhile so the wood has the grey patina all over the outside, that could possibly be why the top pics have that grey color to it.

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor

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