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post #1 of 12 Old 12-04-2018, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question What Wood is This?

When my wife and I bought our place, the previous owner left a LOT of logs near the back fence. They sat for nearly two years. I tried to split them with a maul and a couple good wedges, but the wood was so dense that the wedges would just pop out upon hitting. So... they continued sitting.

A few weeks ago, I finally rented a hydraulic splitter and my dad and I got it all split... only took about 3.5 hours. In this picture, we've got a majority of it split already, but there was still a bunch of logs behind us. In total, it was well over a Face Cord of wood (4' x 8' x 16").



I have to add, this brought back a lot of great memories for us. The house I grew up in had a wood burning furnace. My dad and I spent a lot of time in the woods, cutting and dragging logs of downed trees up to the house, and splitting them into useable size. We had a great time together.

Anyway... onto the wood identification.

A lot of the wood we split ended up REALLY wavy. It was harder than a bugger to split. Our splitter (38 ton, I think) took a bit to get through the log.



A majority of the logs were this wavy wood. Neither he nor I have any idea what it might be.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-05-2018, 06:51 AM
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Is there any leaves around where you took the tree down. Most of the time it's easier to identify a tree from the leaves. Just guessing I'm thinking maybe the wood is gum.
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Is there any leaves around where you took the tree down. Most of the time it's easier to identify a tree from the leaves. Just guessing I'm thinking maybe the wood is gum.
Unfortunately, no leaves. The previous owner had the wood cut into logs and "stacked" at the back of the property.

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post #4 of 12 Old 12-05-2018, 02:31 PM
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the pile looks like red oak, but the inside pic looks like white oak. jmho.


like many species, once dry, ok is a bear to split. why we split it green...
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It looks a lot like live oak. Very difficult to split and to machine.


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Does Black Gum sometimes called Tupelo grow in your area. We have some here. It has intertwined grain like that and is a major Capital SOB to split. Slight greenish tinge to the wood. The bark is kind of an alligator check looking bark. I have one about 40 inches in diameter at the end of the property.
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My vote is an oak species.
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We may have Tupelo trees in the area (not sure), but I'm leaning towards Live Oak. LOTS of it in the area.

Being from "the North," Live Oak is a species that neither one of us were familiar with... but it makes sense.

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Would it be possible to run a piece of that wood over a jointer to surface one side. If you had a picture that looked more like lumber it would help.
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Would it be possible to run a piece of that wood over a jointer to surface one side. If you had a picture that looked more like lumber it would help.
I can definitely try. Maybe.

I just got a jointer from my wife's late grandfather. It's a Grizzly, not sure of the model. I think it's got 6" cutting blades. I've never used a jointer before, but I'm sure with YouTube, I might be able to figure something out. :)

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I can definitely try. Maybe.

I just got a jointer from my wife's late grandfather. It's a Grizzly, not sure of the model. I think it's got 6" cutting blades. I've never used a jointer before, but I'm sure with YouTube, I might be able to figure something out. :)

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Perhaps you shouldn't. It's more dangerous to run a rough piece of wood over a jointer because you don't have any straight edge to help you control the wood.
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Good firewood! I needed to stock up more for this year but it looks like you're pretty set.


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