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ADHDan

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12-02-2013 05:11 PM

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I picked up a bunch of these boards for free from the pallet bin at Home Depot. I made a few rips to clean away the dirty and discolored surface; they have a greenish tint but seem denser/heavier than poplar (although I could be wrong). Any ideas what I might have found?

Thanks!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 12-03-2013 03:11 AM

Hard to say from the pics. Can you take a few more close up pics, and one of a clean slice of the end grain (using a razor knife)?

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 03:29 PM

Sorry for the delayed response. Here are more pictures.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 03:31 PM

Looks kind of like cottonwood, but cottonwood is not dense.

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 05:41 PM

Based on some Google image searching I don’t think it’s cottonwood, but I can’t be sure. In terms of weight/density, it feels just a little lighter than oak.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 05:49 PM

It’s obviously Palletwood, which come from the Palletwood tree:

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 06:03 PM

Ahh, Charlie, thanks for clearing that up. I have the same wood from a pallet and never knew what the tree looked like! Obviously deciduous.

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#7 posted 12-05-2013 06:22 PM

Based on that tree and the size of the palletwood I’ve got, I can only conclude that this is some crazy opposite-day tree where the branches grow thicker AFTER they’ve been cut, dried and milled.

Seriously though I wish I knew what this was. It has an attractive grain and color, and I have enough to make a small project but not enough for something bigger. I also don’t know how best to finish it.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#8 posted 12-05-2013 06:27 PM

popular is the song

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#9 posted 12-05-2013 06:30 PM

the gray, black, and green is a dead giveaway should popular if it’s dry should be medium light medium hard with a popular scent

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#10 posted 12-05-2013 06:31 PM

pallet wood is sometime used fairly green so the wt will throw you thinking it’s a dense wood

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#11 posted 12-05-2013 06:33 PM

if it’s hard it’s sweet gum thats a pallet wood they use a lot

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#12 posted 12-05-2013 06:33 PM

Home Depot has a pallet bin? Where the heck is that? I feel like I’ve been missing out.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 12-05-2013 06:43 PM

Many pallets are made of poplar and the wood you show could be poplar

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#14 posted 12-05-2013 06:50 PM

It looks very poplar-esque to me…

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#15 posted 12-05-2013 07:14 PM

Ok, great – so it probably is poplar. I thought it looked like it, but the weight was throwing me off.

Home Depot technically doesn’t have a pallet bin of free wood; I spend way too much time (and money) on their cull bin, and as a result I’ve gotten in good with some of the Pro Desk/lumberyard staff. They let me pick over the “Staff Only” pile (which they use for pallets and stickering), as long as I don’t take much. And since 95% of what’s there is worthless (to me), it works out well. Every so often I find something neat – red or white oak, poplar, a few pieces of curly cherry…

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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