|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 192 days ago||438 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
192 days ago
Today I went to my local lumber supplier and asked him for some 4/4 ash for a mallet project. I bought the board and left. Easy peasy, right?
Wrong. I got home and started to take it from rough cut to dimensioned. As I began working on it, it started to look like I had something other than ash. The growth rings were much farther apart than any other ash I had ever worked with and it was not nearly as open-grained. It also wasn’t as hard and was a lighter color, with greenish yellow portions as well as some purple staining. End grain even seemed a little “spongy” like some of the fir you get at home depot or lowe’s. It machined pretty smoothly on the jointer, planer, and tablesaw. It also handplaned well in all directions. Felt sort of like a good quality hard pine.
My guess is that this might be poplar, but I have never worked with it, so it’s hard for me to say. Does this sound/look familiar to any of you guys?
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