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91 days ago

This tree was cut about a month ago, I ripped a couple logs into planks last night < 12hr. ago. The board on the outside of the stack seems to have dried quite a bit more than the one pictured that was within the pile. The moisture content registered at about 40% immediately after being cut, which has given it a much darker look, nothing like what I’m used to seeing red oak looking like. So is it red oak or something else?


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#1 posted 91 days ago

No. The middle pics look like black walnut to me.

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#2 posted 91 days ago

I hope you’re right, I already have quite a bit of red oak drying, not so much walnut. BTW the moisture content is still quite high in the two middle pictures, don’t know how much lighter it will be as it dries completely.

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#3 posted 91 days ago

I’ve got quite a bit of walnut and have air dried some myself. That doesn’t look like walnut to me. It looks more like Siberian elm or maybe hickory. Really doesn’t look like walnut

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#4 posted 91 days ago

I know that it was cut from a yard here in north east Ohio, so it’s certainly not anything too exotic, hickory perhaps. The problem is the tree was de-limbed and down to just the trunk (3’ – 4’ diameter) when I got there, so I have no shape to reference and the leaves I’m sure have been gone for a while. Just wish there was an easier way to identify wood by the bark, grain and where it’s from without any other tell tale signs.

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#5 posted 91 days ago

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/elm,%20american.htm

I think American Elm

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#6 posted 91 days ago

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/oak,%20red.htm

Of course it could be red Oak as you are thinking

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#7 posted 91 days ago

What did the leaves look like? Sawtooth like the picture DaddyZ posted means elm.

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bigblockyeti

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#8 posted 91 days ago

The leave were long gone as it was cut mid-December here in northern Ohio. If I could have seen any of them, it would have allowed me to positively identify the wood.

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#9 posted 91 days ago

Does’nt look like any red oak I’ve seen before. Maybe black locust?

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#10 posted 91 days ago

It is pretty hard to tell when the grain is that gnarly, but one way to tell is to mill some of it. You will know in a hurry if it is black oak / pin oak / swamp oak. It smells like lightning hit the outhouse.

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#11 posted 91 days ago

You could also just take a splitting maul and blow through a short piece. If it’s elm it will splinter and rip apart as opposed to a clean split.

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bigblockyeti

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#12 posted 91 days ago

Pinto, I suspect it’s not any of the oaks you mentioned, as the smell was actually quite pleasant, almost rose like. I have cut up part of a pin oak before and it definitely smelled nothing like this does.

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#13 posted 91 days ago

Tough to identify young trees especially by their bark.

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#14 posted 91 days ago

Looks like Locust bark to me too… no way I would put money on it though.

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#15 posted 91 days ago

Since I do know exactly where the tree came from, maybe I’ll take a ride over there once the trees leaf out up here and see what species the adjacent trees are. I know I’ll be making a bit of an assumption, but if I remember correctly everything did look to be the same species around what was left of this tree when I got there. I’m not in a big rush as this stuff will surely take quite a while to air dry down to a moisture content where I can actually use it.

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