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GreatJob

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06-02-2013 10:12 AM

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My father passed away last July leaving me with about 65% of his wood working knowledge. His profession was a firefighter / paramedic for 33 years. He did cabinetry part time early in his career for 10 of those years.

Over time collected multiple species of 8/4, rough cut lumber that (i believe) came from door scrap.

I’m doing my best to carry on his craft. I bought a Dewalt 735 planer and planed down some of the pieces.

I have a book on order to hopefully help shed some light on what type of wood these pieces are. Maybe you all can help?

Thanks for your time.

Dustin

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#1 posted 06-02-2013 10:19 AM

A couple of guesses:

(4) black walnut (3 & 4 could also be BW….hard to say)
(7) ash
(10) cherry (8& 9 could also be cherry…also hard to say)

WAG:
(1&2) ...not too sure, maybe sapele or some sort of mahogany

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 11:36 AM

1,3,5,8,9 = mahogany

4 = black walnut

7 = ash

10 = black cherry

2 = not sure.

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Tkf

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 12:29 PM

I think #2 is ash as well.

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GreatJob

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 03:56 PM

Thanks so much for the responses and friendly welcome to the site. I’ve done so more research on #2 and took a better photo. It has a nice sheen to it when rotated in the sunlight.

-- Dustin | Digital Creator by Trade - Woodworker by Choice! - http://www.greatjob.tv

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 04:03 PM

Might be beech of something like that. Grainy texture
with pronounced flecking. Probably not too heavy.
The type of wood used in inexpensive solid wood
furniture.

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 04:08 PM

Welcome to Ljs
Here’s a good place to research wood.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/chechem.htm

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 04:14 PM

#2….sycamore?

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#8 posted 06-02-2013 04:34 PM

I was thinking sycamore on 2 also.

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#9 posted 06-02-2013 04:58 PM

If that’s what sycamore looks like, then I like sycamore.

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#10 posted 06-03-2013 03:47 AM

It’s a nice piece of wood that’s for sure. I remember my father lathed some down for writing pens.

-- Dustin | Digital Creator by Trade - Woodworker by Choice! - http://www.greatjob.tv

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WDHLT15

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 12:42 PM

Yes, #2 is quarter-sawn sycamore.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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