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post #1 of 6 Old 11-22-2019, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Help identifying timber

Hello everybody.

I'm new and this is my first post, I have been building Oak Framed structures for a few years now and have just received a large order of "oak".

I am thoroughly convinced however that it is not oak.

There is none of the prettiness that oak is famed for and the end grain is just completely bare.

It has no smell and I have had a rusty file sat on it all afternoon in water and there are no black stains at all. Whereas some oak I had laying around in the workshop had black stains after 2 minutes.

Please have a look if you get chance.

Many thanks

James.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-22-2019, 03:07 PM
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Based ONLY on the photos, and if I had to guess a species, I'd guess oak. That doesn't mean much because I'm certainly no expert and the photos give only a few hints. The open grain in the phloem (thinner darker rings) resembles oak.

There is more than one species called "oak", and your supplier may be trying to shave a few bucks by delivering a lesser species. I have no idea what you should do, except maybe complain and see what the supplier says. Maybe he'd be happy to swap it out and send it to a less discerning customer.
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Hi, I posted on another forum and had lots of replies saying it's ash. The fact that it didn't react with iron was the tell tale for them... I will be contacting them Monday morning.... I'm in the UK so our working week is done now!

Thanks for the reply.

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I would say it is ash too

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x2 for ash
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Thanks for the replies. Pretty sure it's ash now. Cheers.
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