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10-26-2013 12:10 PM

WHAT SPECIES IS THIS WOOD? It came from a tree in Illinois. I faced and planed it and here’s what I got.
It actually has a very yellow tint to it. looks like color will get more brown over time. Any help will be appreciated
thanks Gregg

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#1 posted 10-26-2013 01:23 PM

Do you have Mulberry trees Illinois? It is very grainy, yellow mostly and turns a nice brown as it ages.

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 01:27 PM

Osage Orange? is it very hard and heavy?

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 01:41 PM

Could be an oak species. Maybe post oak? Maybe a picture of the bark will help.


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#4 posted 10-26-2013 02:18 PM

Looks like Mulberry to me too.

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 02:26 PM

I’m with mrjinx007 – looks like an oak species.

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#6 posted 10-26-2013 03:43 PM

It came from the eastern part.. It’s Salix sp. Some kind of willow.

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#7 posted 10-26-2013 04:05 PM

I would love to improve my wood recognition skills. I don’t have a lot of choices for buying hardwoods locally, so I’m buying most of mine off the internet. Which is OK, but I tend to stick with just the stuff I know. I bought a pack of 50 sample veneers from Rockler, and that was pretty useful, but doesn’t anyone else have another resource they could recommend?

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#8 posted 10-26-2013 04:48 PM

Looks like Honey Locust to me. But without closer pics of the grain.. it could be Mulberry. got any pics of the sap wood? or bark?

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 06:03 PM

My first guess was Locust, this is the only piece I have. before I faced it It really looked like oak so it could be some species of oak.
thanks all for your thoughts

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 07:46 PM

If it is hard and heavy, I would be confident it is Osage orange. It looks very much like some Osage orange boards I own.

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#11 posted 10-27-2013 01:24 AM

I would say black locust or osage orange. More likely black locust. Is there only one or at most two sapwood rings?

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#12 posted 10-27-2013 01:49 AM

I would go with Danny on this one. When it comes to domestic hardwoods the man knows his stuff! Does osage grow well that far north? It was freaking every where when I lived in central Texas. I wish I had known how useful it was back then.

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#13 posted 10-29-2013 04:03 PM

Black locust

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#14 posted 10-30-2013 01:54 AM

Black locust only has a few sapwood rings, maybe two. The rest is heartwood. Very unusual characteristic.

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

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