New Woodworker, help ID wood
I know this has been asked a bunch of times over and I apologize for that. I have recently started some woodworking projects and have been given access to the cutoffs from a furniture shop. Most of the pieces are smaller but will work well for what I'm looking to do at this point. I have been getting a lot of walnut cutoffs and a good amount of some wood that is lighter in tone. I have posted 2 pics of them. I'm fairly certain one of the types are poplar, as I have some of it in my shop and it appears similar. The other is a bit heavier and I'm thinking it may be maple but I'm not sure. If anyone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.
PS: please explain what characteristics led you to determining what type of wood it is so I can learn to do it on my own. thank you!