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Pooka

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178 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question maple refurbishing sanding

I am working on a coffee table set and took the finish off this piece. I think it’s maple. Fairly hard – fingernail can score it, but with pressure. Grain seems tight with very few knots. Any suggestions?

Here is the original, disassembled.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.


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Pooka

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#1 posted 178 days ago

Easier, now that images are visible, I guess.

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#2 posted 178 days ago

looks like Pine ?

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Pooka

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#3 posted 178 days ago

Smells vaguely sweet with the sanding. Not much pine smell. But maybe.

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#4 posted 178 days ago

Birch maybe? Pine would be soft and it doesn’t look like maple.

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#5 posted 178 days ago

Second pic looks like ash to me.

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#6 posted 178 days ago

This stuff is barely yellowish, wavy on the long grain. Varies to almost whitish purple.
Here are two more shots, including the end grain that I just finished to 100grit. Definitely a smell that’s just a little sweet, not pitch/pine-like at all.

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Pooka

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#7 posted 178 days ago

Looks like this red maple pic, only maybe a little yellowish.

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#8 posted 178 days ago

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#9 posted 178 days ago

The birch idea looks pretty good.

I suppose it doesn’t really matter much, other than good-to-know. I wanted to be sure it’s not a really important piece of wood before I selected my finishing. Other than the whole thing being solid and nearly 2” thick, I think I can safely do some fun coloration to it without making Grandma roll over in her grave.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#10 posted 178 days ago

Looks like ash to me. A pure uneducated guess.

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Pooka

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#11 posted 178 days ago

If it’s ash, it doesn’t smell like it. Supposed to smell kinda bad when sanded or cut.

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#12 posted 178 days ago

I would be on the Birch wagon.

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#13 posted 178 days ago

Sold on the birch. Three opinions + the Wood Database seem to think it’s birch. Wait till I get done with it. Gonna be PRETTY birch.

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#14 posted 177 days ago

If you don’t go with birch, consider alder. I’m working with it right now and those could fit just fine. Alder is also fairly soft so you could probably score it with a fingernail.

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#15 posted 177 days ago

Ash is ring porous. Your wood is diffuse porous. Definitely maple.

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