Question about ribbon oak?

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Forum topic by Bill White posted 03-23-2014 08:27 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill White

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03-23-2014 08:27 PM

I have made a small box from what I have been told is “ribbon” oak.
End grain is indicative of white oak, and surface is very figured. This wood was too difficult to hand plane, and I keep my planes in very good condition.
Had the blank run thru a wide belt sander to bring to working surface, and box came out in beautiful form.
Just wish I could find a pic of “ribbon” oak for clarification.
This has been the hardest wood I’ve eeeeeeeeeeeeeever worked.
Bullet proof wood. Saw cuts were very smooth, final sanding was great, finish went on without flaw.
Just want to be able to accurately identify the wood.
Ant sources for pics?


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#1 posted 03-24-2014 12:08 AM

There is no such thing as “ribbon oak”, at least not domestically. Many local common names for wood do not reflect the true species, and many are just plain wrong. Post a pic of the wood. Quartersawn oak can give a “ribbon”effect. It could be a white oak or a red oak. White oak pores are plugged up with tyloses. Red oak pores are open like straws.

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

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 05:01 AM

Is it just curly oak?

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 02:01 PM

I’m aware that the wood is not a “specie”, and it is white oak for sure (closed end grain). I have just not seen a figured feature looking like ribbons before.
I’ve worked with quilted, tiger, etc.
Just thought that I might ask.


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