|Forum topic by Danpaddles||posted 02-24-2014 10:55 PM||1338 views||0 times favorited||29 replies|
02-24-2014 10:55 PM
I would take a pict, not sure it would help near as much as my description. And it would need my wifes’ fancy camera, to get the right color.
I thought it was red oak. but- it is darker, more golden. I thought I was just seeing surface discoloration, but now that I have planed and cut some- nope, it is golden all the way through.
It is VERY well aged, having been in the attic of a large building for many years. It was mixed in with poplar and ash, and …. probably some red oak.
The grain looks just like red oak to me. The end cut, also, much like red oak, except for the color. No rays, like in white oak. I have several boards of it, at least. Maybe more when I get further into the stack. The two boards I have out now tend to be from the center of the tree, based on the curve of the growth rings.
When I cut it, it smells just like a Band-aid! Does not smell at all like oak being cut. Similar density and hardness to oak. I am thinking it wants to splinter out a little more than the last oak I used.
Some warping, not beyond what I would expect from wood stored this way.
Sure it will help, I’ll try to put up some photos later tonight. Just came in from the shop to start dinner…. I’ll use it and enjoy it no matter what. But that smell- just bugging me, it is not like any oak I have used before.
FWIW- I am using some to build a computer/ brief case, loosely based on Stumpy Nubs plans.
thanks for your thoughts!
-- Dan V. in Indy