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Forum topic by MalcolmLaurel posted 03-03-2014 01:25 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 01:25 AM

Got two pieces of wood I’d love to identify. The first is a live edge slab I picked up cheap ($10) at a flea market. With some screw holes and a broken edge, I’d guess it was a shelf. Had a fairly dark varnish on it, I’d guess poly, which I sanded off on the bottom side… then I got smarter and took the finish off the top with a hand planer, followed by sanding. I couldn’t take it off the edge, of course, but that’s OK if it’s darker.

I’ll probably put a clear finish on it (shellac followed by lacquer, probably) with laurel branch legs, for a coffee table for my cabin.

The second piece is one of a bunch I picked up yesterday while buying a piece of reclaimed chestnut for another table. This place (Connecticut Valley Lumber) sells mostly reclaimed and rough sawn lumber. They had some barrels of random scrap wood outside, $10 for a wheelbarrow full, mainly for firewood I guess, proceeds to a local charity. I took home a bunch of chunks of old wood (I pulled a cut nail out of the piece in question), and planed down the first one. It’s quite hard, with lots of wormholes:

I’m planning another small branch legged side table for this one.

So, any ideas or guesses welcome.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 02:07 AM

Looks quite a bit like old chestnut to me.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 12:11 PM

(The second one) Chestnut was my first thought, but I don’t think it is… I’ve worked with quite a bit of chestnut and this didn’t behave the same way when I sanded it. Chestnut (in my experience at least) usually weathers to a soft brown surface that comes off in a very fine dust, this was much harder and rougher. Hickory perhaps?

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 12:46 PM

Yes, it could be hickory.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 02:00 PM

I was going to say gum until I saw the end part which looks like elm, but not sure.


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#5 posted 03-04-2014 03:54 AM

Looking through the other scraps tonight, I realized I have the mating piece. Glued back together and cleaned up to match, it’s going to make a nice little table.

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