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11-02-2014 01:57 AM

I’d like dome help identifying this wood….
It’s a north eastern dense hardwood…
Color is similar to coffee with too much cream in it.
I’ve got an idea, but would like to hear opinions from the forum.

Thanks in advance…

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt


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#1 posted 11-02-2014 02:32 AM

Looks like cherry to me.

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 02:36 AM

Another vote for cherry. I recognized the burn on that cut edge…...

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 02:42 AM

Not sure about Cherry….. It’s very hard…. I can’t mark it with my thumbnail

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 02:42 AM

Cherry

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 02:43 AM

Definitely cherry. Could potentially be Alder, but since you said it was from the North East, that means it’s cherry.

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 03:19 AM

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#7 posted 11-02-2014 05:52 AM

I have found a wide range of density with cherry lumber. Some is so soft it feels like alder or poplar. Some is rock hard like oak.

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#8 posted 11-02-2014 06:20 AM

That sure looks like cherry too me as well. Cherry that comes from an orchard can get pretty darn hard. But can’t mark it with your fingernail? Hm… not colorful enough to be plum, which is harder than cherry and sometimes shows up in the same places you get cherry (relatively common around where I live).

I’m curious as to what you think it might be, Maniac Matt?

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#9 posted 11-02-2014 09:56 AM

I was thinking Shag Bark Hickory

It’s from a lift of 4/4 mixed eastern dense hardwood purchased for pallet manufacturing. These were cut offs too short for use that were salvaged from the scrap pile. They have sat in my basement for ~5 years and were so twisted I couldn’t find a use for them. I reorganized my lumber storage to make room for some rough 8/4 I’m drying and decided to see if I could straighten them out. I wound up joining & planing them down to 5/8 before they were flat,

It’s quite brittle an chipped out on the sloped grain.

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#10 posted 11-02-2014 11:32 AM

It could very well be hickory, from the picture. You could get a piece of cherry, tap it, listen and compare with what you have there- woods that different in hardness and heaviness are going to have a very different sound.

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#11 posted 11-02-2014 11:37 AM

The color in the photo makes it look like cherry. But if you say that it is a cream color than I would think it might be hickery. I have some Shag Bark Hickory and it does not have the same grain pattern, but it is the color that you describe.

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#12 posted 11-02-2014 01:02 PM

Looks EXACTLY like the load of cherry I bought from a saw mill guy back in 2002. Same slight burn marks on the planed finish, and mine is also hard as a rock.

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#13 posted 11-02-2014 02:08 PM

Shoot, if I had thought the were Cherry, I wouldn’t gave ripped them so narrow….

Hmmmmm….... Cherry clamping cauls…...sounds a little posh.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 11-02-2014 02:27 PM

Another vote for cherry, though I’ve found very little that can’t be dented with a fingernail the color and grain look spot on. Maybe hickory or maple given how hard it is.

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#15 posted 11-02-2014 03:07 PM

Cherry.

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