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03-10-2014 12:44 AM

The first I bought out of the cut-off bin at my local Rockler. The second was salvaged from a chair leg. No idea what either of them are…

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 12:48 AM

First possibly Spalted Maple.
Second possibly White Oak.

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 12:49 AM

The first, maybe ambrosia maple?

The second kind of looks like oak but I’m not sure.

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 12:50 AM

Hard to tell. Looks like magnolia.


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#4 posted 03-10-2014 12:56 AM

Dallas has it IMO. Ive got quite a bit of spalted maple looks just like that, and that looks like an oak to me, which certainly fits the chair leg history.

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 01:13 AM

The second looks like mahogany to me, not sure about the first.

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 02:57 AM

I would guess spalted maple and red oak.

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 03:19 AM

Maple and red oak

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 03:36 AM

#1 could be spalted maple. #2 looks like Luan or Philippine mahogany.

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 05:18 AM

I agree with Bob. The first could be spalted maple (or several other things) and while I can see why oak is a common answer for #2, it looks more like luan, Philippine mahogany, jungle cedar, or whatever name you know it by to me.

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 03:57 PM

I agree that #2 looks tropical. Can’t tell a whole lot about #1. Get a pic of a clean slice of the end grain.

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#11 posted 03-10-2014 04:07 PM

Attached is pic of wood which is similar to #2. It is sandwiched between Honduran mahogany and walnut. I never could identify it, but it’s awful pretty. I’m curious to know what it is as well.

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#12 posted 03-10-2014 04:19 PM

Maple and red oak would also be my guess. I’ve got a lot of soft maple in my shop now and what isn’t spalted looks exactly like the first picture.

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#13 posted 03-10-2014 04:43 PM

spalted maple and red oak.

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#14 posted 03-10-2014 05:08 PM

Are we sure that first isn’t a flatsawn endcut of a zebra wood board? I kinda looks that way, but a better pic closer to the face and one of end grain would be helpful.

No input on the second board.

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#15 posted 03-10-2014 11:15 PM

1. No clue.

2. Quartered Philippine mahogany (Luan)

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