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06-16-2009 05:13 PM

I’m trying to get some matching moldings made for a late 1900’s building .. I can’t quite tell if they are white or Red oak ….. I believe this is the wood without any staining just age.

any info would be helpful …

also anyone know of a good reclaimed wood source … I need a half a dozen of these plinth blocks made nothing fancy just some old stock cut to size


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#1 posted 06-16-2009 05:23 PM

The links don’t work.

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#2 posted 06-16-2009 05:25 PM

My screen was all white, so I’m guessing white oak. :-)

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#3 posted 06-16-2009 05:26 PM

Let me fix this

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#4 posted 06-16-2009 05:27 PM

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#5 posted 06-16-2009 05:31 PM

It looks like white oak to me.

Cut a straw-sized piece along the grain and try to blow through it into a glass of water. Red oak will allow air to pass and create bubbles. White oak will not.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 06-16-2009 05:31 PM

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#7 posted 06-16-2009 05:32 PM

red

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#8 posted 06-16-2009 05:36 PM

Bruce Hoadley sells some great books on wood Identification. It’s hard to tell at the angle your holding it. In red oak you can take a piece of it and blow through it like a straw and White oak you can not. You can even place one in in water and blow and bubbles will come out. I’m talking about blowing through the end grain.

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#9 posted 06-16-2009 05:37 PM

Now that the second photo came through, I second that RED OAK.

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#10 posted 06-16-2009 05:40 PM

Here is agood identification website:

http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/distinguishing-red-oak-from-white-oak/

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#11 posted 06-16-2009 06:02 PM

I think we have white !!!

that end grain has ZERO holes couldn’t blow any air through ….

thanks all …

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#12 posted 06-16-2009 06:03 PM

Upon further inspection, I’m going to recant and say white. There is a missing picture, and it looks like quarter sawn white oak. I can’t see the end grain well enough to tell the difference that way (I can’t see the pores)

The pores found in the growth rings on red oak are very open and porous, and should be easily identifiable. White oak, however, has its pores plugged with tyloses, which help make white oak suitable for water-tight vessels, and give it increased resistance to rot and decay. You can also tell (not always) by looking at how tight the growth rings are. White are grows slower then red, making the rings tighter.

This link may help too:
http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Distinguishing_White_Oak_from_Red.html

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#13 posted 06-16-2009 06:18 PM

I would agree with white oak.

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#14 posted 06-17-2009 10:33 PM

Looks like white oak….the piece running vertically in the larger picture lloks to have some “fleck” or tiger striping in it which would lead me to believe it is white. We have antique white and can match any moulding profile. Let me know if I can help

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#15 posted 06-17-2009 10:57 PM

the blow test works on this as Charles said, and if no air passing threw then I would say white oak also. The pic of the end grain looks like white also to me.

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