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Forum topic by Jimbo7 posted 03-24-2014 06:36 PM 863 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2014 06:36 PM

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Can anyone recommend a comprehensive easy to use woodworkers species guide site/ap. I’d like to be able to better identify wood and have quick access to its woodworking properties. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 06:44 PM is usually where I go. Really good info on properties and things like that. It would be a lot of guesswork to identify unknown wood with that, but I enjoy it.

-- --Sauerkins; Duluth, MN

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 12:13 AM

My Library had Identifying Wood by Bruce Hoadley. Other sites had said that you can’t definitively identify wood, but Hoadley goes to the 10X magnifying glass and microscope level and was pretty confident about the ability to identify. I wouldn’t say it’s an easy thing to do, but that book was pretty good. I didn’t go as far as buying a microscope to try it out.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 03:48 AM

You will have to study wood cellular structure. It won’t be easy, but you can do it. A college wood technology textbook will help. Looking at countless pieces of wood is even better, but that can take a lifetime. You will have to learn the terminology like ring porous versus diffuse porous, longitudinal tracheids, vessel elements, paranchyma, medullary rays, etc.

I am not trying to be cute here, or show off what I know. You have to study the cellular and pore arrangement structure if you want to be competent at identifying wood from a sample or from a picture of the end grain.

You can do it if you have the passion. There is no easy Ap that i know of. It will take diligence on your part. If you want to learn, I can help you if you are serious.

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

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 04:12 AM

Hobbithouse is good too. Tons of pictures that can help a lot

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 04:54 AM

+ 1 for Hobbithouse and Wood Data Base for online ID. Hobbithouse has a reference download of 26,00 species (for Windows only).... “World Woods in Color” is a book that I can recommend,it has real sized pics of many woods with useful info on the same page. A bit pricey at $50 -60 new. Certainly Wood has a 50 veneer sampler for about $30….they specialize in veneer, of course….....Wes

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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