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I got this little piece of wood today at the wood store for $1. It's in kinda rough shape but I have a plan for it…



What is it?

This piece is about 10×6"...

In the store I assumed it was maple; in the car I realised it was far more yellow than I've ever seen maple. That little corner is white, but it only goes about halfway through and the whole backside is yellow. The surface is a little stringy and almost metallic. Judging by the knots in it I assume this is from a kind of awkward part of the tree.

Still maple? Or something else?

It doesn't "really" matter, but I'm going to make it into a piece for sale and I'd like to be reasonably accurate in telling people what type of wood it is.
 

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poplar is my thought as well, most maple i have seen the grain is darker and I seem to see the yellow/green tint of poplar in the photo
 

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Alot of furniture uses it as a secondary wood, but I like the looks of it and it's working properties. It planes really well generally, and sands beautifully, almost to a glass like surface. You can also find it at times with a pink/ rose color instead of the green/ yellow. Just for the cat that died, what are your plans for it?
 

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Wow…it's sort of like a Rorshach test…I think I see Spongebob Squarepants in it! Haha…beats me. Yeah…poplar. That's the ticket. But don't tell the buyer that…tell them it's an EXOTIC poplar!

Hey, what are you going to make with it? It would be fun to see a progress report and see what this hunk of wood becomes!

Steve
 

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I agree that it looks like poplar. The key is the weight and hardness. Poplar is lighter and softer than most other hardwoods. Anyone who knows their woods could probably lift it and tell you if it is poplar or not.
 

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Poplar seems to be the poplar answer. Sorry about that.
Could be soft maple.
Where did you buy it from? A big box store will greatly reduce the choices.
Keith
 

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I see what you all said about it being yellow/green! Oh my! I cut it this evening - it's a tiny Earth. I picked it up at the store because the ratio was just perfect and I like the slightly alien grain this particular piece has going on.

Top half is the rough cut, bottom half is the re-rough cut. It was somewhere north in South America that I decided I was sleepy and stopped for today.

I bought it at Woodcraft. This particular location has a bunch of odd-ball wood in addition to the standard fare.

 

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I wasn't too concerned about the colour because I'm going to use some fairly dark stains on this. But that's really good to know because it did have me concerned on ever using poplar again!
 

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Steven - Thanks! :) I started it yesterday and finished it today. I'm gonna stain it tomorrow.

Martyn - I've been thinking that too! I've been working on the design.

Topamax - I'm sure they could, but it's kind of a hike from where I live and I didn't notice the weird colouring until I was too far away for me to want to go back and ask. Lesson learned: I'll swallow my pride and ask on anything I'm not 100% sure of from the bargain bin next time. :)
 
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