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11-05-2014 08:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mystery wood recycled question

I was playing with my planer today and finally cleaned up a dresser top that I found along the road. It was too wide to fit through my planer, so I had to cut it at 12 inches. So what is it? It’s got some nice figuring in it and even when planed to 1/2 inch it has some weight to it. The photos above and below show the wood in its ‘just planed’ state. And yes, those are worm holes in along with the character! Thanks! -Dave

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#1 posted 11-05-2014 08:08 PM

Sure looks ring porous to me – I’d guess ash.
But I could be wrong…

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 08:12 PM

Doesn’t look like maple to me—pores are much larger than Maple. More like Ash, but is a bit yellow for ash. Couldn’t it just be oak?

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 08:13 PM

My guess is red oak.

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 08:14 PM

It’s oak, or possibly ash, can’t tell if there are the sideways rays of oak from the internet image.

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 08:20 PM

I wondered about oak, but don’t see any rays in the second pic where some of the narrow boards look to be quarter sawn. But it certainly could be red oak, like Charles said, the color seems right.

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#6 posted 11-05-2014 08:27 PM

Coolness. Not exactly exotic, but for free, I’ll take it. Now I just need to figure out an appropriate project to use it in. The largest piece measures 12×27 inches. Thanks all.

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#7 posted 11-05-2014 08:36 PM

Nope…it’s not Maple….I just finished up building a couple of cross-cut sleds, and I used BB for the bases and hard Maple for the fences…..Maple is basically white w/ brown sapwood….I finished them with clear shellac, and the color didn’t change much on the Maple…..I have worked with some Maple that looked kind of egg-colored, but still white, and if you use tung oil on Maple, it will turn a light tannish-color…...So the other guys are spot-on when they say it is either Oak or Ash…...

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#8 posted 11-05-2014 08:52 PM

Looks like Red oak to me. I’d put money on it

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#9 posted 11-05-2014 10:42 PM

It’s not maple, probably red oak. A close up of the end grain would be telling.

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#10 posted 11-06-2014 01:13 AM

In the first pic, I believe that the top board is red oak and the bottom one is ash. Can you see the difference?

The rays in the oak show up as little “dashes” in the top board, and as you can see, the bottom board does not have any “dashes”.

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#11 posted 11-06-2014 01:19 AM

WDHLT15, Hmm. Might be a trick of the light. It’s all the same board, though it is a glue up. Is it possible they glued up two dissimilar wood types for furniture?

I’ll try to get end grain pics tomorrow.

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#12 posted 11-06-2014 01:24 AM

Try using this web site to identify it:

If that doesn’t help, Google “wood identification” and you should find a site that will help.

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#13 posted 11-06-2014 02:55 AM

It Oak or Ash.

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#15 posted 11-06-2014 04:37 AM

There both red Oak- IMO

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