Need help identifying some wood boards (yay, it is Cherry)

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Ganesh Kumar

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04-30-2014 05:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question cedar identification

I have four boards pictured here that I think are of the same wood. I got them from somebody on Craigslist who was clearing up his later father’s garage. He thought it was Cedar.

Now, I hope it is Cedar, because I would love to use it for an outdoor project. This storage bench as from Wood magazine April/May 2005 (#162), or something like it.

Sorry if I went overboard with the pictures :) Thanks in advance for any help!

All boards are 3/4” thick when measured. The largest board is 10” wide and 10’ long.


Here are the four boards:

Board 1:

Board 2:

Board 3:

Board 4:

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 09:59 AM

Excellent photo’s Ganesh. You didn’t go overboard with the pic’s at all….I wish more wood id inquiries would follow your lead!

Unfortunately it’s not Cedar, It’s Cherry(north American).

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 10:45 AM

yep what you have there is American Cherry

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 10:59 AM

Agreed that it is all Cherry…...

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#4 posted 04-30-2014 11:27 AM

Some very nice cherry.

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 12:27 PM

Cherry, no doubt.

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#6 posted 04-30-2014 12:34 PM

Cherry gaurenteeoooo!!

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#7 posted 04-30-2014 12:48 PM

Cherry. Pick up a board of cedar. Now pick up what you have. Should be a huge difference in weight.

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#8 posted 04-30-2014 12:59 PM

Unanimous! Cherry.

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#9 posted 04-30-2014 01:22 PM

Jackpot! Cherry for free is awesome!

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#10 posted 04-30-2014 03:05 PM

Wow, such a unanimous response! You folks are awesome!

Thanks a lot! I am happy it is Cherry, but it felt a little lighter than I thought it would feel. I’ve been handling red oak recently, so maybe it feels too light to me. I did pay for the boards. I helped clean and collected a whole bunch of stuff from the garage for $200 – neither of us knew if it was more or less than their worth.

Now, I can actually make something with Cherry without spending money :)

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#11 posted 04-30-2014 03:10 PM

Cherry, that light sapwood distinction looks exactly like some material I milled last night.

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#12 posted 04-30-2014 04:33 PM

Some one please tell him that’s cherry.

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#13 posted 04-30-2014 06:44 PM

Kind of ironic that this was obviously cherry just by a quick glance at the first picture…but you have about 10 of the best pictures I’ve even seen in these types of threads. I love the threads with one blurry pictures of a piece of weathered wood.

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Ganesh Kumar

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#14 posted 04-30-2014 06:45 PM

LOL, AlaskaGuy :) Thanks again everyone!

Now, I hope I come up with something harder to id next time to “Stump the chumps”, as Click & Clack from CarTalk put it ;)

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#15 posted 04-30-2014 07:27 PM

I have never seen such a unanimous opinion on LJ, someone better write this down. :)

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