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post #1 of 32 Old 04-03-2011, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
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My mystery wood thread

I'm slowly making my way through the large pile of wood we got at auction. Most of it is known, or at least we THINK we know what it is, but occasionally I'm coming across something I've definitely not seen and with my newbie identifying skills, I need some help.

This is todays candidate. I have about an 8' piece of it with the worst bend in it that I've seen in any board...and that's impressive because it's about 2" thick in that direction. So it's only going to be good for short sections.

It's got very large grain patterns, and a purplish/pinkish color in areas. It is also pretty heavy, taking into account its size.

My mystery wood thread-mysterywood.jpg

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Could be Maple.








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It looks like elm. Nice strong hardwood with grain similar to ash but without the open grain.
Tan to cream in color and fairly heavy.
Needs to be dried properly or it's prone to warping.
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Hickory?
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hickory, pecan, elm, could be most anything. You need to post pics with more details of the grain structure and if possible a closeup of the end grain.

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I can do that.

Most of what u8 sounds on the target....cream color, fairly heavy, and *prone to warping*. The board this came from could have been a see-saw for my girls, all by itself.

I'll get some more detailed pics up. I was clicking through your pics phinds until I started nodding off, hoping to just magically see a match. Heh. I'm not sure I even made it to *elm*.
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I have a peice of hickory that I bought at auction that looks almost exactly like your peice but mine has about a 7" bow in 8'. One of these days I will turn it into chips for the Barbecue.
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Ok, I went down and took some better pics of the wood.

Endgrain:
My mystery wood thread-wood-004.jpg

closeup of the pinkish tinted grain:
My mystery wood thread-wood-002.jpg

My mystery wood thread-wood-003.jpg

and grain on the other side, which is probably sapwood because there's a small sliver of bark still attached, and it has a different look (lots of wormy holes too)

My mystery wood thread-wood-005.jpg
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good pics !

I think it's hickory, but it's still a tad hard to tell so I'm only putting that out as about 85% confidence. The end grain looks a lot like hickory but not like elm or pecan and the face grain looks exactly like either pecan or hickory. Pecan and hickory are often impossible to tell apart (well, there are for me anyway).

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I'm working with some hickory right now and that looks just like it.

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Man phinds, I wouldn't have found it if you hadn't suggested it. I found *one* pic under hickory on your site that I'd say is a dead ringer. It's the "pure sapwood" pic, so I'm guessing that's what this is. Much more likely hickory than pecan I'd say, as I believe all the wood from the auction was local, and I know hickory is more common than pecan.

I'll go with hickory and be happy! So far as I know, I've only got 1 board of this stuff, even @ 2"X4" thick, so I'll have to decide on some special use for it. Even if it's just sapwood, it's durn pretty.

thanks as aways, phinds.
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Hickory. I plan on buying some hickory soon to make a matching hickory kitchen cabinet (natural) for above my refridgerator. Need to match the other KraftMaid cabinets in kitchen. I hear it is not easy to work with, but I will be giving it a try soon. The raised panels will be the most challenge I figure.
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The mineral stain in the OP picture is reminiscent of Maple. I've gotta say that I'm never wrong...but, I'm not always right.
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Happy to help, and yeah, I should have mentioned that it was hickory sapwood that I was talking about, which might have made your search easier. Sorry for the oversight.

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Nah, I shoulda known it was sapwood, what with the *bark* still attached to it!
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Nah, I shoulda known it was sapwood, what with the *bark* still attached to it!
Glad to hear I'm not the only one who overlooks the obvious from time to time.

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I'm working through my pile some more and so have two new mysteries.

This one the wood isn't TOO dense....about medium weight.
My mystery wood thread-nov-035.jpg

My mystery wood thread-nov-036.jpg

The second one is pretty dense. Doesn't seem quite hickory dense, but still pretty dense. It is a very nice shades of brown and tan....very pretty wood I must say (except for the burn marks on the crosscut). Amusingly, the piece this thing was cut from had charcoal on it....if that means the tree it came from was burned, then this would be sapwood. But I didn't see any bark, just charred burn. *shrug*

My mystery wood thread-nov-032.jpg

My mystery wood thread-nov-037.jpg
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Qrt sawn white oak then Lyptus are my first impressions...

Let's see how that's stacks up with the experts...

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Interesting. When I looked it it, it KIND of reminded me of oak, but it was not like any of the white or red oak I have had a lot of experience with. I haven't had any quartersawn before, so I'm not familiar with how it looks. And I've never even heard of Lyptus!

I can post more/better pics if they'll help.

Thanks for the efforts!
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First one is oak.

Second one ... hm ... The purple discoloration at the cut end is EXACTLY what you get with purpleheart but the color of the plank is wrong. Other than that it looks like alder, but the weight is wrong (alder's pretty light)

If you can really clean up that end grain (on the 2nd one) and get me a closeup (about 6 or 8 times closer than what you have now) I might be able to help. If your camera won't do it, a computer scanner will. Clean up the end really well then cut of a 1/4" and put it on the scanner.

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