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10-27-2015 03:26 AM

I just picked up this table from a friend and I’d like to refinish the top. Before I do that though I’d like some of your help to figure out what kind of wood the top of the table is made of. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 03:31 AM

Red oak

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 10:52 AM

2” red oak flooring.


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#3 posted 10-27-2015 11:54 AM

I agree. It’s red oak flooring.

What is the flooring attached to? Can we see a photo of the under side?


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#4 posted 10-27-2015 12:11 PM

NO, I think its red oak.

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 12:52 PM

Roble rojo, Quercus rubra, that is the ring porous wood known as red oak my friend.

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 01:43 PM

In my humble opinion, it’s red oak. Has that been mentioned?

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 01:44 PM

You’re all wrong, it’s red oak.

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#8 posted 10-30-2015 11:01 PM

Thanks all for the input.

@CharleyL—here is a picture of the underside of the table. What do you think?

All—perhaps this isn’t the proper place for this question, but can anyone tell me what technique was used to create the table top? It looks like there are small wedges or something inserted at the ends of a few boards (see attached picture). At least one of the wedges needs repair so I’ll work on that as soon as I find out what technique to research.

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#9 posted 10-30-2015 11:23 PM

I don’t think it’s Red Oak it looks more like. Red oak to me. Are you taking about the corner blocks?

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#10 posted 10-31-2015 02:40 AM

I’ do believe its red oak and the design style MUST be HGTV DIY done in a day style, not sure if it should be refinished or lightly scarred with fire & napalm

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#11 posted 10-31-2015 03:15 AM

I’m gonna agree with Bill M. Your all incorrect, it’s red oak.

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#12 posted 10-31-2015 09:03 PM

... can anyone tell me what technique was used to create the table top? It looks like there are small wedges or something inserted at the ends of a few boards – JAbshire

I’m guessing the maker edge-glued a bunch of short strips together and ended up with some gaps at the ends, then filled the gaps with shims/wedges. You can do the same to repair missing or damaged wedges. Maybe chisel out a clean space for a new wedge, or just make a shim/wedge that fits the empty space.

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#13 posted 11-01-2015 04:17 PM

Red oak actually looks a bit more like, uh, oak than that piece which looks exactly like red oak.


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#14 posted 11-03-2015 12:42 PM

I would say that it is red oak, but I won’t because I don’t want everyone jumping on me…..

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#15 posted 11-03-2015 01:02 PM

I’d say red oak. Did anyone mention that?

Somebody had a ton of off-cuts to get rid of and edge glued them up. Wood movement likely left some gaps and, like jerryminer said, they used wedges to fill the end gaps. You can chisel the damaged ones out and make some new ones from… yep you guessed it… red oak ;) Just put glue on the new wedges and drive them in. Once the glue sets, use a flush cut saw to trim them to the table top.

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