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Forum topic by Christian Holihan posted 299 days ago 552 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Christian Holihan

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299 days ago

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I have just started woodworking and I am having a blast so far. SO I thought why not look through my old firewood pile and see if there was anything good in there. Most of it is moldy, termite-ridden, and gross. I found a few decent hunks and ran them through the table saw. My question is:

1. What kind of wood are they?
2. Is the dark grain the result of rot or mold? It still has a funky smell.
3. If it has begun to rot, can that be stopped and the wood be preserved?

Any input would be great.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 299 days ago

Not sure what type of wood it is. However, the spalting (early stage of decay) stops once it’s cut open and gets air to it. Unless it’s left outside then it will begin again. Spalting can dramatically change the color of the wood. In most cases it adds an enormous amount of character to it without damaging the strength of the wood.

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#2 posted 299 days ago

Looks like hackberry. Was the bark smooth with warty bumps? Look at a clean slice of the end grain. Are the latewood pores arranged in wavy bands? Hackberrry spalts pretty easily.

-- Danny, Located in Perry, GA, Forester, Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill

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#3 posted 297 days ago

looks like ash that been outside awhile

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#4 posted 297 days ago

Hackberry

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

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#5 posted 297 days ago

Yes, you can see hackberry’s wavy band pattern in the latewood in he pic on the far left. The color is also right.

-- Danny, Located in Perry, GA, Forester, Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill

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#6 posted 297 days ago

I think we might have a winner with hackberry…but just in case, here are some close ups of the end grain.

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