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Type of wood?

Can someone tell me what type of wood this is. I thought it was Maple a friend of mine swears it's Walnut and another says it's Cherry!
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That's cherry. Nice couple of piece you got there by the way
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I can understand that be mistaken for maple. That is one of the lightest pieces of cherry I've seen. It's most definitely not walnut, not even in the ballpark.
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Cherry. I have some just like that with a fair amount of sapwood.

Here's a cutoff from a longer piece (that I didn't want to get off the stack) -
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If you don't mind I would like to chime in on this (Is there an official wood-recognition thread?). I've got a slab of recycled pallet wood which has a very white/beige/slight-yellow tone to it. Seems to be soft to me (I'm a beginner). Ignore the massive tear out (as long as it doesn't help classify) which is an issue I'll open in another thread.

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OP that looks like cherry......cherry has many "shades" of color density....depends on region, temps, soil, soil minerals, water supply, shade, etc., etc. BUT the grain is usually the same.....beautiful!!! I've seen it darker, medium, and light.

Yes some maples have similar grainage patterns, I actually used some maple with deeper heart color as a live edge cherry table filler (9" down the middle) with NO stain to blend/hide. Most people think it's a sap piece of cherry.

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If you don't mind I would like to chime in on this (Is there an official wood-recognition thread?). I've got a slab of recycled pallet wood which has a very white/beige/slight-yellow tone to it. Seems to be soft to me (I'm a beginner). Ignore the massive tear out (as long as it doesn't help classify) which is an issue I'll open in another thread.

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It's really difficult to tell one wood from another online. Sometimes it's also difficult to tell when you have it in your hands. There are a lot of wood that look alike and you sometimes have to cut it or sand it and see what it smells like before you are sure. Your best bet to learn what different woods look like would be to purchase a veneer sample pack. https://www.ebay.com/i/131879573358?chn=ps&dispctrl=1

The piece of wood you have pictured I don't really know what it is. It's not something I don't believe I've ever worked with before. My best guess is it's mesquite.
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Thanks for the help. I was really lucky when my Home brew supplier gave me two 4 foot pieces of the Cherry and a 4 foot piece of oak. normally I've been working with soft woods like pine.
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