Cool wood find, but what the heck have I got???

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Blog entry by SST posted 11-16-2010 08:58 PM 1691 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the opportunity to pick up some wood from someone I know & was told it was an oak that went down. When I got there, the branches had been cut up into 24” to 36”pieces. I took what I could load in my car…gees but the stuff is heavy when fresh cut! The trunk was already spoken for so I got some of the 10” to 12” diameter chunks. I took them because the end grain was stained & looked interesting to maybe make some bowls with. When I got them bandsawed in half, this is what I found. It is oak. The climate & soil drainage says it should be red oak. The trunk was about 36” at the ground, (no unfortunately, I couldn’t get that, but was told it was punky & hollow & not usable for boards) and total length of the trunk looked to be about 25-30’ with branching starting about 10’ yo 15’ up. (this was an urban tree from a yard, by the way) A lot of the older branches were trimmed off many years ago. I suspect that whatever got in to stain the tree may have come in through those scars. Has anyone seen this before? The wood is solid in all the pieces that I have.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 09:30 PM

i THINK you have some type of red oak. I had a few boards of spalted red oak that looks very similiar to this piece. Not 100% positive but they look close. I am going to say that you will have some nice turnings with them. I am curious on how they will turn out.

Oh by the way, that is a nice wall mounted tool box you made.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 10:10 PM

Beautiful wood! Wish it was mine. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 10:37 PM

lets see a pic of the bark

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 10:41 PM

Without Seeing the Bark, Possibly Blackjack Oak ?

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 11-17-2010 12:32 AM

I was given some that looks very much like it. I was told it’s pin oak.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#6 posted 11-17-2010 02:10 AM

what happens when you sand? By stain I wonder if the lines go all the way through…

Either way it looks very cool!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 11-17-2010 03:33 AM

Blackjack oak. The black line “spiderwebbing” looks really cool, but it’s caused by checks. You probably won’t get anything salvageable out of it.

I know because I tried. One flew apart on the lathe and the other wouldn’t hold no matter how much I glued it.

We now treat it as a weed tree on our farm and cut it down for firewood before any other species. It does work for that, at least.

-- Nate,

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#8 posted 11-17-2010 05:08 AM

I’m about a full state north of the blackjack oak range, and the trunk just didn’t look like pin oak. I’m still inclined to think it’s red oak. I have it stored now & can’t take a pic of the bark. Maybe it was trimmed early & that resulted in the shape variation. The staining doesn’t look like the spalting I’ve seen, and except for a small area of ring shake, the wood is sound, so I’ll try to turn some in a while & see what happens. We’ll see.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#9 posted 11-17-2010 12:21 PM

Great looking wood grain. Where do you live and when do you go to sleep, so I can come come get some? HAHA!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 11-17-2010 04:29 PM

Looks great, it’s going to make some great looking bowls!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 11-18-2010 02:20 AM

Good luck!

-- Nate,

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