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03-29-2014 08:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar ash maple walnut oak

I recently bought a drill press and band saw from a guy who was moving. He had a pile of mixed lumber and asked if I was interested. He only wanted $75 bucks so I took the the gamble as I saw some black walnut in there. There ended up being about 120 bf of usable black walnut, a little cherry, a bunch of ash, and a couple that I am not sure about. They are 8/4 and the one I think is either more ash or white oak and the other I think is maple. I am hoping someone can give me a more definite answer. Also, besides baseball bats, what is ash good for? Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 08:10 PM

Second is walnut.

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 08:33 PM

The second photo looks like walnut to me.

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 08:36 PM

Here is a picture of the bark on the second picture above if it helps..

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 09:34 PM

Ash is great for anything you are going to beat the crap out of. It takes hits and doesn’t break better than almost anything else out there. It’ll bend very well.

I have built croquet mallets, chiseling mallets, axe handles out of the ash I have. Never used it for a project, but it looks somewhat similar to a very light oak. It is ring porous and relatively coarse. Be careful putting finishes on though, as it’ll try to yellow on you, similar to maple.

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 09:42 PM

I assumed the one species was ash because of the bark pictured here. It looks similar to what I am familiar with for cutting firewood. I was a love/ hate feeling when dealing with it because it was light and easy to handle, but didn’t last long in the furnace and didn’t put out as much heat as maple or hickory. The more I handle these boards, the less certain I become. They seem to heavy for ash. Could they be walnut too? Or am I just getting more tired from handling and sorting? Lol

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 11:39 PM

I don’t see ash in any of the examples above. The first one looks like some kind of softwood. I agree the second looks like walnut and the third is kind of hard to gauge .. maybe soft maple ? or birch ? maybe even poplar ? or ???

Hard and heavy for the first one, huh ? Well, that pretty much rules out a softwood. Maybe it’s red maple. It doesn’t look like oak.

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 11:43 PM

can you post a couple of photos of each showing a closeup of the long grain and a closeup of the end grain?

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 11:44 PM

The first one is hard and heavy. Was wondering if it might be white oak. Definitely not poplar.

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 12:00 AM

My first impression from pic 1 is white oak.

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 12:36 AM

Here are close ups of the first one. Fresh end cut and I took a belt sander to the top.

It looks about the same as this thinner board that has this bark with it…

My guess is white oak or hickory now..

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 12:39 AM

Second type..


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#12 posted 03-30-2014 12:41 AM

Third type

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#13 posted 03-30-2014 01:36 AM

Ash was used in building the main framing on wooden bodied station wagons in the 30’s & 40’s. The old “woodies”

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#14 posted 03-30-2014 02:09 AM

The first close-up end grain shot is hickory. I think that most of what you are showing is hickory. Hickory and ash are very similar except for the arrangement of the parenchyma cells in the latewood. Not trying to be cute or appear to be a know-it-all, it is just that is how you can tell them apart from the structure of the wood.

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#15 posted 03-30-2014 11:25 AM


Don’t worry about sounding like a know-it-all. I find it very interesting, though I will have to look up what yopu talking about. LOL Any light you can shine on this is greatly appreciated.

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