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04-22-2015 03:14 AM

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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#1 posted 04-22-2015 03:15 AM

The guy I got it from said there was some Mahogany, Spalted Maple, and oak I think?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#2 posted 04-22-2015 03:27 AM

I’m certainly no expert, but you have got several piece of red oak. I hope you didn’t pay much for this batch, cuz it look’s a lot of like cutoff scrap most guys would toss. I’ve got a bunch of pieces like this cluttering up my shop. I’m such a packrat I can’t bear to part with anything till bugs me enough I finally toss it.

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 05:17 AM

Lucas, it’s pretty hard to tell from so far away. I think I can see some mahogany and some oak and probably a couple of pieces of maple and possibly a piece of walnut. Other than that it would be a crap shoot for me. It seems like a nice assortment. What do you plan to do with it ?

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#4 posted 04-22-2015 05:24 AM

1b looks like ambrosia maple. 2D looks like walnut. 2G might be soft maple and 2F might be mahogany. A bunch of pieces look like red oak. Looks can be deceiving sometimes. Closer photos would help.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#5 posted 04-22-2015 11:32 AM

Numbers 3,6,1A,1D,1F,1G,1H,1J,2B, are ash.

1B, 2C, and 2G, are maple. Probably red maple.

7 and 2D are walnut.

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#6 posted 04-22-2015 01:24 PM

I did not pay anything for it. Once I got it assorted I was probably going to eventually make a jewelry box of sorts out of it for my wife

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#7 posted 04-22-2015 04:24 PM

I will get closer pictures tonight when I get off work.

Thank you all for the help.

Side question: what do you all use to mark your lumber once it is identified?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#8 posted 04-22-2015 06:11 PM



I was probably going to eventually make a jewelry box of sorts out of it for my wife

- LucasWoods

..Sounds like that will be a fun project incorporating different woods in a nice box. Be sure to post pictures when it’s completed.

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#9 posted 04-22-2015 06:37 PM

Here is the closer pictures some of you requested. Thank you all again in the identifying.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#10 posted 04-22-2015 06:52 PM



Here is the closer pictures some of you requested. Thank you all again in the identifying.

- LucasWoods

OK, here’s my guesses :

10, 11 = red oak

12 thru 1F = ash

1G = walnut, 1H = mahogany, maple

1A = ash, 1B= some quartersawn nut wood(?)

1 = ash, 2 = walnut

3 = ash, 4 = walnut, ash

5 = maple (not ambrosia), 6 = ash, 7 = red oak

8 = ash, 9 = birch (?)

this is fun . . .

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#11 posted 04-23-2015 01:06 AM

You asked about how to mark your wood. A light pencil mark works or a piece of painters tape. You don’t want to use anything that will be absorbed into the wood. That might have a negative effect when you go to stain or varnish the piece. Your idea of boxes is a great way to use small pieces like yours.

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#12 posted 04-23-2015 04:14 AM

Thank you I may end up using some of them as tool cabinet drawer fronts. And thank you for the idea on painters tape I have some I think somewhere around here.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#13 posted 04-23-2015 05:34 PM

5 is ambrosia maple. You can tell by the small holes on the stained streak.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#14 posted 04-24-2015 03:45 AM


5 is ambrosia maple. You can tell by the small holes on the stained streak.

I’d like to explain the reasoning for my contention that #5 is not ambrosia maple. In my opinion, ambrosia maple is a description of character not a technical determination. The wood would need much more streaking and insect holes to be called ambrosia maple. One could find a board that looks like that in a stack of, otherwiae, clear maple.

If I had bought a stack of ambrosia maple, looked through it, and it looked like that board I’d be sorely disappointed and I’d probably return it.

What if the board looked like that but without the two holes (there’s lots of maple like that) ? Would you still call it ambrosia maple ?

..Bottom line for me : I wouldn’t call that board or advertise such boards as ambrosia maple.

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