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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-21-2020 09:57 PM 489 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Do you know what specis this timber is ?

I looks very much like cedar but doesn’t have the distinctive smell, colour or grain characteristics
I had another “woodie” drop by and suggested it was Greenheart.

What say the Brains Trust?

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Having never heard of Greenheart I was not in a position to comment so accepted their counsel and then wondered why.

Known facts:-
I only have one piece its 2m x 250×16 mm Its similar to cedar in appearance and weight, and would make a brilliant box.

Lets hear your opinion

Amdt 1 (DP)

End grain and end grain comparisons.

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the smaller piece is Aust Cedar for comparison

-- Regards Rob



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HokieKen

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#1 posted 12-21-2020 10:23 PM

Definitely not Greenheart. I have a good stock of Greenheart and it’s a good deal darker than that. It’s also about as dense as Lignum. It’s got some nasty splinters and eats saw blades for breakfast.

Grain and color remind me of some type of Mahogany maybe?

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 10:37 PM

Got an end-grain photo, Rob? Can’t tell which kind of alder it is just from the long grain.

Forced to guess, I’d say cedar alder.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-21-2020 11:21 PM


What say the Brains Trust?

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- robscastle


My guess is against cast iron... but I’m extensively follow up RTFM’ing… if you believe me!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 12-21-2020 11:41 PM

Some feedback:-

HokieKen:-

Agree I did a wood database check later and the Janka was not in line with the characteristics. A bit like our Red Iron Bark …tough as!...making whatever it is it in the pussy timber class.

Dave Polaschek:-

Amended as instructed, and tend to agree with your Cedar DNA comment

LittleblackDuck:-

Its def not cast iron or the batteries are flat in my metal detector!... Oh wait …no that cannot be right is still vibrating!

Shamless!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 12-22-2020 04:30 AM

I’m still thinking some kind of cedar alder, Rob.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-22-2020 05:07 AM

Oh no and here I was thinking all the banter about Alder was just a standing joke amongst other LJs here on this site.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 12-22-2020 06:19 AM



Oh no and here I was thinking all the banter about Alder was just a standing joke amongst other LJs here on this site.

- robscastle

Elder is the standing joke!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 12-22-2020 07:58 AM

Now I am really confused …..wait I think I hear a beer calling me !

Alder lumber
American red alder grows on the west coast of the USA and is the most common commercial hardwood in that region. This attractive timber is used for furniture, interior mouldings, doors and turning and carving. ... The timber is of medium density and low bending strength, making it unsuitable for structural applications.

Starting to make sense actually

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 12-22-2020 01:05 PM

Alder is a standing joke. Beer is no joke, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 12-22-2020 08:15 PM

Where is Bandit571 when you need him!

https://www.lumberjocks.com/bandit571/blog/131927

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 12-22-2020 08:23 PM


Where is Bandit571 when you need him!

https://www.lumberjocks.com/bandit571/blog/131927

- robscastle


The young whipper-snipper is hiding from his alders!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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