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New guy with a question about lumber type

by Fourthsword
posted 12-19-2018 02:25 PM

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 02:46 PM

Id say walnut, and the lighter middle section being the sap wood of the tree.

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 02:47 PM

Probably exotic. Somebody will know but there are many sites you can go to look up different wood.

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#3 posted 12-19-2018 02:49 PM

I’d say rwe is right, probably something exotic. Walnut would make a great substitute though. Similar characteristics and color.

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#4 posted 12-19-2018 02:49 PM

Billy – where are you from ??
if you find out the true species of the wood in the photo,
it may may not be readily available in your area.



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#5 posted 12-19-2018 02:59 PM

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#6 posted 12-19-2018 03:02 PM

I agree that it could be Hickory.

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#7 posted 12-19-2018 04:18 PM

Hard to say with generic picture from WWW. Picture seems off color or washed out to me? Pink and yellow flowers are faded pastel colors, and would expect them to be deeper.

That said:
Appears to have started from a live edge slab. Slab was ripped down middle, sapwood edge jointed and glued into what you see.

With a little more red, that color variation looks like Koa or Teak, but large white sap wood band is not common to those species. Have seen Iroko (African Teak) and Cocobolo slabs with similar large sapwood bands.

As far as domestic US species; Hickory/Pecan are only slab woods I have seen that exhibit the same large white sap wood and brown stains in sapwood. There are many species in ‘Hickory’ family with similar colors.

Woodfinder might offer some help in your search:

Note that finding/buying slab wood lumber for something like a table is different than buying regular hardwood lumber. Much more challenging. Each tree is unique, so slabs can vary a lot within a given species depending on environment. Live edge slabs require careful drying and special handling. All of this makes shopping for table slab an adventure that usually means physically seeing the slab, so you create the table with your imagination. Expect to pay significantly higher prices for thick live edge slabs.

Best Luck.

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#8 posted 12-19-2018 04:43 PM

Alder. But maybe mesquite or walnut.

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#9 posted 12-19-2018 04:54 PM

I’m leaning towards walnut. This is what my walnut table looks like


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#10 posted 12-19-2018 06:09 PM

That’s not walnut my guess is Goncalo Alves or it could be Parota. Parota is usually in big slabs but maybe some company is cobbling together cuts offs.
Goncalo Alves is also called tiger wood.

-- Aj

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#11 posted 12-19-2018 07:10 PM

My guess is walnut, but among the exotics, monkeypod could have those color variations between sapwood and heartwood.

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#12 posted 12-19-2018 07:17 PM

I vote for hickory

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#13 posted 12-20-2018 01:31 PM

Looks like acacia to me.

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#14 posted 12-20-2018 02:29 PM

I’d agree with hickory. Do you have a location for where the picture was taken? It might help identify what woods are available. Hickory would be a better choice for a tabletop because it’s harder and heavier.

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#15 posted 12-20-2018 09:58 PM

Thanks to everyone for all of the helpful replies!! You have narrowed it down to a few choices of lumber for me to focus on. They is a great head start for me! Right now, I am leaning toward Hickory, based on price, durability and availability.

For those that asked my location, I am a recent transplant to Dallas. I am always on the lookout for a good lumber supplier, if anyone has any recommendations for the area. I am located south of Dallas, near Waxahachie.

Thanks again for everyone that took the time to reply, it was a warm welcome as a newbie to the forum!


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#16 posted 12-20-2018 10:00 PM

If you take a close up pic of the end grain, we can determine if it is hickory or not. Otherwise you can call it hickory and be satisfied.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#17 posted 12-21-2018 02:36 PM

For those that asked for additional pictures, including the end grain, sadly I can’t provide them. This is just a random photo I found online. I tried using google image search to track down it’s origin but I didn’t have any luck. Thanks again for all of the helpful suggestions!


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#18 posted 12-21-2018 03:16 PM

a lot of slabs out there ar exotics….like this one in ‘Mango Wood’

If you are looking to do a slab table…many of the patterns will just depend on where the tree grew, and how it got cut, even which board in the flitch it was…. just gotta find a board you like.

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#19 posted 12-21-2018 06:15 PM

hey there forthsword, id say hickory as well. im not far from you over in venus, I use brazos forrest for my lumber, never checked with them to see if they sell hickory or not tho.

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