Mystery Wood Sideboard

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Project by Narm posted 01-18-2014 09:29 PM 1621 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this as an entertainment center for now but who knows what it will be used for in its life. The species of wood is still a mystery though. I’ve had it laying around for several years now and can’t figure out what it is. The last picture is what it looks like raw. Your guess is as good as mine.

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 09:51 PM

Very nice build!

From only the view I can see of it, and if the wood’s pretty dense and a tad heavy I would guess between a rift and/or quarter sawn white oak.

No matter – this is one nice piece of furniture.



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#2 posted 01-18-2014 10:04 PM

Very nice!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 10:23 PM

It’s a beauty!! Is the wood quartersawn? Can we see the side?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 10:44 PM

Very nice build,it looks great.


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#5 posted 01-18-2014 10:47 PM

Its definitely not white oak. It looks a lot like mahogany but is super blonde colored. That’s why I stained it with ML Campbell traditional mahogany. With that stain it look like an antique mahgony piece

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 01:59 PM

It is in the mahogany family,from what I can see, nice work no matter what it gets used for.

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 02:19 PM

It looks beautiful.

If you ever get bored enough to want to identify the wood, Hoadley wrote the definitive text on the subject. I think the title is “identifying wood”. The book shows how to identify several hundred species of hardwood and softwood, using just a simple hand magnifying glass.

It’s a great book to have in the reference library and not too expensive.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 03:08 PM

Great looking piece, as you said, it has many possibilities. The wood looks like sycamore.


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