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post #1 of 9 Old 10-12-2015, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Help identifying pallet wood

Looking for some help with identifying the below wood. This is pallet wood that I have planed down and trued up. I know opinions vary on the use of pallet wood, with that I feel comfortable working with this as I know it is a single use pallet and was used to ship industrial valve fittings. I also know it is heat treated do to markings and the strict regulations as to what can be shipped into the facility I got it from.

Not trying to start a debate of is pallet wood ok or not but would like some help if you have the time. If more/better pics are needed let me know.

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Some characteristics: Seems to be very hard and dense, non aromatic, tight grain.
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My guess is hickory.
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Any idea of country of origin?

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Not with any certainty. The goods being shipped were new parts made and assembled in the US and shipped to US industry. I know this is no guarantee but I assumed US pallets.
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I'm a "pallet wood" red flager but you seem to have a regulated pallet which makes it acceptable. OK - you seem confident the wood is US grown, but what part of the country did the shipment originate? I know here in the NE we don't have any Mesquite wood... I do have some Hickory in my shop now and agree it could be hickory. The more info we have the better we can all judge!

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I don't know the origin of the parts being shipped, could be anywhere in the US. I will try to find out from our receiving department but after they take the parts off, they stack them up, call me and generally forget about them. There is no way I can expect them to recall where they came from unless the entire lot came off one truck. We get large quantities of new parts weekly.

I wouldn't normally use pallet wood for anything but the fact of the matter is I have access to as many as I want or can get and store for free every day. This coupled with the very tight regulations the company puts on what comes into the facility makes me want to take advantage of the opportunity. If I can put it to good use it stops them from going into a dumpster.
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What difference does it make? If you like the color and/or the figure to ahead and use it. Let it be a surprise.

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I would agree that it doesn't make much of a difference. My only reason for wondering is when it comes time for finish. The above wood will be used for the top of a coffee table being made in the shaker style. The person receiving it as a gift likes darker furniture. I would like to do a little research on staining a specific variety of wood prior to doing it. My experience so far has only been with red oak for personal use and I have not stained any of it. I will build the piece regardless and experiment with the finish. I may have to remake it but luckily I have enough for that. If it doesn't turn out the way I like it or doesn't match the homes decor I will decide what to do with it then.
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Maybe maple & hickory? Maple is tight grained, dense, & heavy. Sometimes a greenish color, or beige brown color to it. And a hardwood. Just my .02 guess. We don't see much hickory out here in Kansas��

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