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Forum topic by caddy45 posted 08-07-2014 03:19 AM 398 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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caddy45

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08-07-2014 03:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: alder ash question finishing veneering sanding

I have a 100+ year old pool table I got (for free!!) and its supposed to be all quarter sawn oak but once I got all of the layers of paint off of it I was disappointed to find out that it certainly was not quarter sawn oak. legs and cabinet were some oak but a lot was just poplar. My issue is that I’m having trouble identifying the what the rails are made of. definitley not oak, it’s too soft and workable. maybe ash but the wood doesn’t seem hard enough. it is about as dense as poplar. obviously not poplar though either. The reason this is important is that I’m going to veneer another part of the table and I have looked and looked and can’t settle on anything. what you see has been stained with a dark walnut and sealed with a thinned shellac. so….any help is greatly appreciated.


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WDHLT15

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 11:49 AM

I am pretty sure it is elm. The wavy bands in the latewood in elm are distinctive, and I can see that pattern in the pic.

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 12:15 PM

The color threw me but the grain pattern is very characteristic of elm.

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#3 posted 08-07-2014 12:16 PM

First tought was iep (ulmus) and when I looked for the translation in englisch it is elm. Yes the same answer as WDHLT15

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 06:44 PM

I appreciate the help guys. I disregarded elm because I had it in my head that it was a yellow colored wood. once I looked at some more examples I agree that its elm.

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