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BradG

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02-25-2015 08:09 PM

Hi

I picked up some timber from work today from US made pallets, The timber is a bit different to our normal Australian timbers could you help with some ids.
I hate making things out of timber that I don’t know the name of.

Thanks Brad


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#1 posted 02-25-2015 08:24 PM

Ash, maple, poplar, cherry.

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 08:40 PM

Yep… Good pick

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 08:43 PM

I was going to say Red Oak, maple, poplar cherry.

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 05:08 AM

Thanks All

I was thinkiing the the third was poplar, simlar to the ones I’ve cut over here with mineral streaks through it seems a bit heavier.
Have about 120 pieces of this dunnage each about 3.5”x1.5”x18” that was shipped from Marion OH. Most of these had only 2 staples holding them to the strapping.

Thinking of making some chopping boards out of the maple and cherry is there anything I should watch out for, appart from nails

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 05:57 AM

I think Bondo nailed it!

And that maple and cherry are great for cutting boards

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 10:00 AM

I’ve started sorting through the pile of dunnage.
both visually and by weight.
The density of the maple works out to be 500kg/m3 or about 31lb/ft3
and the density of the cherry 712kg/m3 or about 44lb/ft3
from what I’ve looked up on the net these seem a bit different, or do I have my visual the wrong way around, the maple is nest to the ash in the photos isn’t it ??
The ash and poplar work out fine.
I think there is another variety in there, visually looks very simlar to the ash maybe a little finer in the grain weight wise it would be about 56lb/ft3, any ideas?
Thanks Brad

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 12:29 PM

The one on the left in the second pic looks more like red oak to me. The one on the right I think is sycamore, especially with the density you posted.

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 01:11 PM

Yellow poplar, maple, ash, maple

Ash, quartersawn maple

Yellow poplar, maple.

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#9 posted 03-25-2015 11:15 PM

the one on left in second pic looks like red oak

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#10 posted 03-26-2015 02:21 AM

I don’t see the cherry. maple,ash,poplar, not sure of the other.

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#11 posted 03-26-2015 03:58 AM

Richard, you’re probably right. Other guesses : #2, sycamore or beech, #4 poplar or soft maple

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#12 posted 03-26-2015 11:40 AM

I wouldnt use the oak or poplar to make a cutting board. the oak is open grained and will house food particles. The poplar is too soft. The cherry and maple should be fine. I have used both to make cutting boards but not both in one board. Were I doing it I would make an endgrain maple and an endgrain cherry.


Thanks All

I was thinkiing the the third was poplar, simlar to the ones I ve cut over here with mineral streaks through it seems a bit heavier.
Have about 120 pieces of this dunnage each about 3.5”x1.5”x18” that was shipped from Marion OH. Most of these had only 2 staples holding them to the strapping.

Thinking of making some chopping boards out of the maple and cherry is there anything I should watch out for, appart from nails

- BradG


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#13 posted 03-26-2015 02:42 PM

the piece on the right of picture two looks like hickory to me

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#14 posted 03-26-2015 04:34 PM

First is Red oak
Second is Maple but could by Sycamore, as it has some of the “snakeskin’ look that you get strong with quartersawn material.

Third is Poplar
4th looks like Cherry .

A lot of pallet wood is just yard dried dunnage, because the cost of shipping and getting teh kiln work is so expensive.
So many times “nice” wood that gets cut is just turned into pallets under contract – - fresh off a woodmizer.

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#15 posted 03-26-2015 05:38 PM


First is Red oak

- DrDirt

While I agree with you, DrDirt, I would be wary of challenging Danny’s identification of ash. I’ve seen ash that looks like that, too.

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