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Please identify this wood type

Hi there,

I am selling a dining room set - gently used - and i was told buy the previous seller that it was solid oak. So i just posted for sale locally here and someone says it's not oak, but Birch or Maple? Is that true??!
If so, is it worth a lot less? On that note, does anyone know roughly what I could get for this? 2 captain chairs, 6 dining chairs, table and a leaf. Thank you in advance!! I know NOTHING about wood lol
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We would need better pictures - closeups of the grain. But it doesn't look like oak. How hard is it? Can you dent the wood with a fingernail?

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The table top is white pine veneered. The rest of the table and the chairs could maybe be soft maple. Clearer pictures would help. Definitely not oak.
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okay i will take a better shot tonight and do the thumb nail test......ugh.....did my value just go down?
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okay i will take a better shot tonight and do the thumb nail test......ugh.....did my value just go down?
Depends on how many thumbnail marks you dig into the top...

Not necessarily down but maybe now you're appealing to a different buyer.

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I don't think I would damage the table with your thumbnail. If the dining room suite was oak it would be heavy.
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my opinion is that overal quality, contruction, and condition may play a larger role than the wood species. although oak is a nice hardwood, it is not necessarily the preferred wood for table and chairs. i would think if the chairs and table (all but veneered top) were of maple, birch or other hardwood, which it appears to be, it would be no less valuable than if it were constructed of oak. jmho.
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I'm guessing that the top looks like Cypress, and Maple for the rest.






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do these pictures help? there seems to be some wear and tear....only as in maybe the finish coming off where you grab the chairs, etc........

first, can you tell by these what the 'for sure' woods are?

also, what do you think one could sell this for? it's heavy, solid, has a leaf, 6 chairs plus 2 captain chairs.......

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that 'design' down the last post there just seems to be more of a scrape, not a design
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I still think the top is white pine veneer. The structure of the table looks like a type of mahogany, perhaps African Mahogany.
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My guess for the top is still Cypress, and the rest looks like Philippine Mahogany (Luan).






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hmmm interesting......anymore votes for mohagony> funny you say that......the underside is stamped Made in Malaysia......

does the mahogony help the value at all? lol (yes please)

I still have no idea what to sell for. I bought at a garage sale the other day just to flip it.
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hmmm interesting......anymore votes for mohagony> funny you say that......the underside is stamped Made in Malaysia......

does the mahogony help the value at all? lol (yes please)

I still have no idea what to sell for. I bought at a garage sale the other day just to flip it.
The top looks like white pine. I believe the legs and skirt are Cuban Mahogany.

The type of mahogany used is a substitute mahogany which lessens the value of it. If it were Honduras Mahogany it might help but having the pine top makes country style table which sells for less anyway.
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thanks for these great answers - if anyone thinks other stuff, please post! :)
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