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11-27-2013 10:19 PM

I bought quite a few reclaimed 4×4 hardwood posts a while back for my workbench build. Because they were rough sawn and a little weathered they all looked pretty stinking similar, so I just picked out the straightest ones I could find with the least amount of checks and splits. Once I started getting them cleaned up, I found that I have quite a few poplar posts in the mix and then I ran across one that kind of stumped me.

The wood has a some greenish looking heart wood with some brown in there as well, but the quarter sawn face looks really reminiscent of Sycamore. What do you guys think? You can really see what I am referring to in the third picture.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training


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#1 posted 11-27-2013 10:29 PM

Looks like Sycamore to me…

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 10:31 PM

Poplar, in my opinion.

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 10:34 PM

Almost certainly poplar.

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 10:50 PM

Let’s make it 2-2. I say sycamore.

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 10:54 PM

I was leaning towards poplar as well, but then again I’ve never seen the quarter sawn poplar before. The rays almost don’t look quite large enough for Sycamore, but I’m just not sure.

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 10:54 PM

Sycamore, pretty confident. Quarter Sawn no less

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 11:06 PM

I’m a plus for Poplar, I’ve never seen a green array in Sycamore but most common in Poplar.

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 11:11 PM

I’ve dealt with miles and miles of poplar and the quartersawn flecks look identical to the pics. I have a couple of cutoffs I’ll try to get some pics of tonight. The green coloring is also pretty common in poplar.

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 11:20 PM

Poplar gets my vote as well. The green tint and typical ray/fleck is pretty common to the stuff I have used in the past.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 11:25 PM

It’s looking like the panel is confirming my suspicions. Wolfdaddy, I’d like to see pictures of those poplar cutoffs (not the denim ones) if you get a chance.

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 11:25 PM

Yeah, QS poplar has those nice flecks. That green will mellow to a nice medium brown.

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 11:35 PM

Here are a couple of crappy iphone pics…

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 11:36 PM

Thankfully I do not possess any denim cutoffs anymore…

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#14 posted 11-27-2013 11:41 PM

Ha, if it has the greenish tint of the first pictures, I would guess popular. If it is really pinkish like the second set of pictures, I guess sycamore. Which color is it? Either way I’m just guessing.

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#15 posted 11-28-2013 12:02 AM

Does it smell of cat urine? Then it’s sycamore.. My vote is poplar..

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