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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 05-30-2014 07:53 PM 1169 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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05-30-2014 07:53 PM

This is some wood from some pallets we have. The pallets are about 10 foot long and were used to hold sheet metal. It has been in our barn for around 30 years. It is hard,my fingernail barely makes a mark on it. The grain is tight and not porous. It is a light colored wood. I sanded it to 220 grit so show the grain better. All pictures are from the same board, just different places along the length of it. Thank you for your help!

End grain (Dry)

End grain (wet)

face (dry)

Face (dry)

Face (wet)

Face (wet)


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#1 posted 05-30-2014 08:06 PM

quarter sawn mahogany of some sorts maybe?

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 08:07 PM

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 08:15 PM

My first thought was cherry looking at the top couple (a bit pink) but the bottom are more of a orangish hue a weird grain. Beech seems like a very possibly candidate to me too.

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 08:19 PM

I´d say beech or elm judging from those “ripples” in top part of [Face (wet)]

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 08:23 PM

It looks like cherry; does it smell like it?

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#6 posted 05-30-2014 10:12 PM

It looks a lot like some quarter sawn poplar I have.

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 10:43 PM

I say birch.

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 10:56 PM

Sycamore. Pretty confident.

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#9 posted 05-31-2014 01:29 AM

Definitely diffuse porous. Very visible ray fleck, but not dramatic enough for beech or sycamore in my experience. I am still contemplating this one. Leaning to soft maple or birch. More head scratching to come.

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#10 posted 05-31-2014 11:01 AM

OK. I have slept on it. The wood structure says yellow poplar or one of the magnolias. There is a band of marginal parenchyma at the termination of the growth ring. That is right for yellow poplar. The rays are just right for yellow poplar with just the right amoumt of fleck. The color is off, remember, this was a pallet, and no telling what kind of environment it has been on or what could have got on it in use. However, I have seen some funky color in poplar, not just the common green of the heartwood.

My money is on yellow poplar.

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

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