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Forum topic by Stevedore posted 05-25-2015 06:15 PM 661 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2015 06:15 PM

I have some wood that I’ve used for a few projects, and I have no idea what species it is. I salvaged it from the drawer boxes from a few pieces of trashed bedroom furniture made by the Limbert furniture company, which I understand ceased operations in 1944, so the wood is quite old. I’m posting a couple of pictures, in hopes that someone here can tell me what it is.

One photo is a single piece, after going through my planer. The other photo is of one of the drawer backs, which is made of 2 pieces glued together. (I think the 2 pieces are the same wood) It still has the original ~70 year old finish on it. The grain in the lower half of this piece looks exactly the same as in the first photo, which may not be obvious, as the photo was taken from a little farther away.


-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#1 posted 05-25-2015 06:29 PM

My guess is Sycamore that is pretty well quartersawn.

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#2 posted 05-25-2015 06:44 PM

I agree, quarter sawn sycamore is one of my favorite woods.

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#3 posted 05-25-2015 08:43 PM

Silver or Silky Oak maybe.

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#4 posted 05-25-2015 08:49 PM

Japanese Maple?

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#5 posted 05-25-2015 08:54 PM

+1 on sycamore. The quartersawn surfaces are quite distinctive.

Sycamore was once fairly widely used as secondary woods by furniture makers. When quartersawn it is fairly stable. The wood is beautiful and machines cleanly.

BTW, I’m currently working on a build of a sewing machine cabinet using sycamore.


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#6 posted 05-25-2015 09:00 PM

Thanks for the replies. Looking at some Google images, it sure looks like quartersawn sycamore. And looking at the ends of my samples, they are definitely quartersawn.

It’s nice wood, and does work easily. I used some of it a while back to make a few boxes to hold some wooden cube puzzles. (pic below) I wish I had more of it.

Thanks again!

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#7 posted 05-25-2015 10:17 PM

I can see why you would more. It’s really attractive.

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#8 posted 05-26-2015 01:38 AM

It is definitely quartersawn sycamore. My partner and I sawed some this weekend.

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

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