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Forum topic by fran35 posted 12-23-2014 03:42 PM 977 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fran35

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12-23-2014 03:42 PM

Hey everyone,
I need some help. I purchased this slab at an auction. The label stated it was black walnut and the color and bark seemed to match. I got it home a few weeks ago and set to sanding it. To my surprise, the rich dark brown disappeared and was replaced by a greenish/yellowish hue. The sawdust looked like mustard powder after awhile. Not sure what to think. Here a few pics and another slab of the identical type that remains unfinished. Thanks so much. Frank.


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#1 posted 12-23-2014 05:15 PM

Heh, on this computer screen at least it looks like osage orange.

Is it noticeably harder than you were expecting from walnut?

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 05:36 PM

I’d have to agree with Osage orange, though the hue of the wood does look a little like poplar.

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 05:53 PM

My vote is black locust or Osage orange. I think black locust glows under a black light so you could try that.

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fran35

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 06:48 PM

I think you guys may be right. This wood is extremely hard. When I de barked the live edge, there were a few thorns as well. I think it’s black locust. Disappointed a bit. Any recommendations for finishing this slab? Should I use a stain?

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bobro

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#5 posted 12-23-2014 09:06 PM

Female osage orange trees have thorns as well. Whether it’s black locust or osage orange, personally I would not try to stain it because either wood takes a nice smooth polish and both will age to some kind of classy looking muted reddish brown color.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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LiveEdge

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#6 posted 12-23-2014 09:33 PM

Is there no joy with complaining to the auction that the item was not as advertised? Or was it a buyer beware type of auction?

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Tennessee

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#7 posted 12-23-2014 09:38 PM

I don’t know how much you paid, but in my part of the world, (SE Tennessee), Black Locust and Osage Orange are prized, and walnut is cheap.
I’ve paid as little as $1.25 a bd. ft. for walnut, air dried for over ten years. Kiln dried I can get for about $1.75 a bd. ft.
I think what you have there is beautiful…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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bondogaposis

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#8 posted 12-23-2014 09:45 PM

I’ll say Osage orange as well, but I am unfamiliar w/ black locust so I can’t rule it out.

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#9 posted 12-23-2014 09:53 PM

Take some of the wood and drop it in a glass of warm water (shavings or sanding dust will work faster). If it’s Osage Orange, the water will turn yellow, as the yellow pigment in the wood is water soluble.

Either way, I agree with Tennessee. Walnut has been increasing in price, but slabs of black locust and especially Osage are much harder to find and would be more valuable to me.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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fran35

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#10 posted 12-24-2014 12:03 AM

Thanks guys, I’ll try the sawdust trick. As for the price, it was only $10. I wouldn’t go back and not buy it for that price. I can’t really complain. It was just alot brighter than I had wanted for the living room.

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LiveEdge

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

Oh. For $10 I don’t care whatcha wound up with, it’s a nice piece of wood.

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#12 posted 12-24-2014 12:40 AM


Thanks guys, I ll try the sawdust trick. As for the price, it was only $10. I wouldn t go back and not buy it for that price. I can t really complain. It was just alot brighter than I had wanted for the living room.

- fran35

If it’s Osage, the surface will darken from yellow to a beautiful coppery brown in short order—even quicker if you put it in sunlight.

For $10, you got a steal, regardless of species.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 12-24-2014 01:37 AM

Better buy all the walnut that you can for $1.75/BF. The wholesale price for a tractor trailer load of select black walnut loaded at the sawmill not including the trucking freight is approaching $4.00/BF. That is a 15,000 BF load.

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

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fran35

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#14 posted 12-24-2014 02:47 AM


Thanks guys, I ll try the sawdust trick. As

If it s Osage, the surface will darken from yellow to a beautiful coppery brown in short order—even quicker if you put it in sunlight.

For $10, you got a steal, regardless of species.

- JayT

Thanks. Question: will the wood still change colors with a coat of poly on it?

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#15 posted 12-24-2014 02:50 AM

Osage Orange it is? Haha

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