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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 05-31-2010 03:34 AM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted my first project in another blog and wanted some opinions on the wood type.
I have photos of the log, bark, end, cut grain and finished board. The guy cutting it down said it was a black walnut, but no way is it that as the wood is too light. I have a ton of squirrels (aka rats with furry tails) in the yard who plant all kind of nuts and dig everything up so god knows what it could be.
My Mustang keeps sneaking into the pics :)
Opinions appreciated
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This is some oak from a fallen tree across the street at the kids’ school.
Next project is a tea box for my mom made with the oak :)
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Thanks for looking.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 03:38 AM

Here’s a good place to check

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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twokidsnosleep

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 03:44 AM

Wow Jim, that is a good resource, thanks a ton.
I do see some greyish walnut variations, but not so sure.
I think my first box will be named “mystery nut box”

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 03:47 AM

That light bark looks like birch. Is there any foliage to go with it? Birch seeds are fairly distinct. Got any pix of them, or the leaves?

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 03:54 AM

I looked at it and immediately thought birch also
based on the bark.
It also appears spalted.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 04:37 AM

I was thinking Maple or Boxelder, both of which can have a grey bark depending on the type of maple. Also some of the inside grain looks like the grey/purple I have seen in Maple

-- Steve

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 04:53 AM

Scott,

The bark doesn’t look papery enough for birch and the wood looks more streaked than most birch around here. It appears more like poplar (aspen) from your photos. When the poplar tree is young and small, the bark appears much like your photo. (Was it a very fast growing tree? Poplar grows very quickly.) Poplar is also very lightweight when dried—lighter than birch and softer, too.

It’s fun to use found wood! I hope you get it identified.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 04:55 AM

Jack and Steve: I have no foliage left, the tree was cut down 3 or 4 years ago. I don’t ever remember seeing the helicopters on the ground. If memory serves, the leaves were more spade shaped with ridges.

Lisa: The log’s bark is bullet proof and takes lots of work to get off…ask me how I know:)
Birch lets you peel some of it off almost like paper. Good eyes on the spalted thing, yep it does have that.

I really appreciate everyone chiming in here, as it lets me internet search the suggestions and follow up on them.
Thanks for reading

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 05:05 AM

Hi Leftie, we cross posted there.
I am part lefty and my son is a full on, full force, left-handed yahoo

You are getting closer with your suggestions. It was a fast grower for sure. When I googled aspen and birch the foliage looks right, but I am going from my memory which is suspect. I think there will remain speculation as to the real ID as I don’t have foliage or another tree to help out.
Merci for the suggestions

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 06:25 AM

Oh man, I hand sawed a chunk of the oak off the top stump to see what it would look like and get some drying.
I can barely move my arms now.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 06-01-2010 08:59 PM

Looks like some wood my neighbor gave me. I think he said it was ash. I’ll ask him when I see him again.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 06-01-2010 09:08 PM

looks like Ficus tree:

http://lumberjocks.com/gfixler/blog/9262

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 08:45 PM

Neighbor said my wood was aspen. Looks similar to yours…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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twokidsnosleep

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#13 posted 06-03-2010 05:19 AM

That is two votes fr aspen and the pics look right.
I better stop calling it black walnut as the evidence builds against it.
Thanks for taking the time to help me

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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