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05-31-2013 01:30 PM

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Hey Lumberjocks! I need some help identifying a piece of wood. Yesterday I saved a truck full of hardwoods from the landfill. All hardwood! Anyways, a few pieces I can’t positively ID. Here are some photos after a couple of trips through the planer. This is still bare wood…I thought about oiling it up to see it better but wanted to wait until I decide what I’m going to do with this beautiful wood. I appreciate all the help LJ’s!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 03:02 PM

Looks like its had some sun and water. Leaves the cracks, checks and some stain. I have black cherry, walnut sapwood, and some softwoods with lots more blue stain. I match it to other wood with paint. Steve, On Wisconsin!

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 03:21 PM

The coloring reminds me of Peroba.

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#3 posted 05-31-2013 04:15 PM

Been doing research and I’m leaning towards sweet gum.

DS – I looked that up and that is real close too…

Steve – I dont think it has water damage. it isn’t showing signs of staining. The pictures doesn’t shot it well enough but the colors seem to run throughout the thickness of the board. The grain is very tight, it has a light sweet smell, it is almost as heavy as oak and seems to be very workable.

Thanks for the help guys.

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#4 posted 05-31-2013 05:31 PM

Whatever it is it looks like a real winner for almost any project! Show some “wet” views!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 05-31-2013 05:44 PM

oldnovice – yes it does!

Here are a couple pics rubbed down with a wet rag…I wonder what some BLO or Danish oil would do??

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#6 posted 05-31-2013 07:39 PM

OK, it’s settled then it’s wood and it looks great! Now make something and show it to us.chuckle

That’s a little tongue in check humor … you need to determine toxicity before you start making saw dust as some of this could be hazardous to your health!

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#7 posted 06-01-2013 02:27 AM

I also think that it is sweetgum. Is the board warped or twisted a little?

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#8 posted 06-01-2013 02:43 AM

Old novice – yeah that will def happen. Just gonna wait till the right project comes to mind.

WDHLT – yeah before several trips through the planer it had an ever-so-slight twist to it. It is recycled from an industrial pallet recycling company….so I guess re-recycled. Lol gotta love free!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#9 posted 06-01-2013 03:11 AM

@Wood-Miizer LT15- sounds like you know your sweetgum. I just lost about 500bf in a fire about six weeks ago. When I was growing up in Northeast Louisiana (a long, long time ago) we cut a lot of gum to build our outbuildings and we had to have a bulldog hold it while we sawed it, it warped and twisted so much. Once it was dried and planed flat, it was a good, hard, pretty wood. A lot of the boards I lost looked just like that sample. You beat me to asking the warping, twisting question.

So, Chad256, if those boards had any warp or twist, I absolutely concur on the sweetgum. It’s a good, hard wood and works very well. Make something pretty out of it and show us.

Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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#10 posted 06-01-2013 03:41 AM

Sycamore? I have a piece looks just like that; splits, checks and all.


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#11 posted 06-01-2013 04:31 AM

When I lived in Illinois a local (within 4 miles of my house) pallet company would deliver a dump truck full of cut offs and just dump it wherever you want … no money involved.

I ordered a load that my neighbor and I split for firewood but not before I went through it and picked out the prime pieces fpr my fix. This was all oak and was typically 4-4 and 5-4 with pieces ranging from 18” to 24” long and from 1/2” to 8” wide. Free is good!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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