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01-14-2016 02:32 PM

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I’m hoping for some help in identifying the type of each of these. My father cut down these trees, had them cut to boards, and they dried for many years. I’m pretty sure one is walnut, but don’t know what type. I plan to use them to make furniture and other projects, but am not clear on each type. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-15-2016 01:22 AM

Can’t tell much from the pics because of the rough sawn surface. Sure looks like there are powderpost beetles in the wood, though.

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#2 posted 01-15-2016 04:10 AM

Just based on the color, I’d guess the one in the third picture is cherry.

Second one might be walnut. Unless you live in northern California or southern Oregon, any walnut you have will be plain old black walnut (juglans nigra).

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#3 posted 01-15-2016 08:33 AM

First pic looks kinda like Dogwood. 2nd pic is too dirty/rough sawn, the board underneath looks like cedar. 3rd – osage orange?? (wild guess) 4th – no idea.

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#4 posted 01-15-2016 04:29 PM

Thanks for all of the input. Sounds like I need to do a little cleanup/planing and take some better pictures. My dad did a lot of building with walnut and it’s most certainly black walnut since it came from southwestern Pennsylvania. Someone who saw it in person thought that the last one was white oak. All of these came from the same piece of property in that section of Pennsylvania.

I believe I have some smaller pieces of the ones that’s really red (#3) and when I tried to cut it, it was extremely hard. My saw didn’t like it.

I also know nothing about Powderpost Beetles so need to do some research. These have been in my garage for a year and a half and I haven’t seen any obvious signs of active infestation. They were in the top of a barn for more than a decade before that so anything was possible there.

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#5 posted 01-15-2016 10:56 PM

3rd pic is cherry

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#6 posted 01-15-2016 11:12 PM

First one is some kind of maple maybe, my guess.
Second one is a walnut.
Third one is cherry.
Fourth one to me looks definitely like a maple, but heavily broken up due to improper drying.

Either way, you almost have to work around all the powder post beetle holes. Boy, what a bummer. Lots of insects…

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#7 posted 01-16-2016 04:25 AM

First picture looks like cherry based on bark. Last picture looks very much like gum.


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#8 posted 01-16-2016 09:39 AM

After reading all here, go figure on what they are, just use them!!

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#9 posted 01-16-2016 12:47 PM

Upon further review, the play is reversed – based on mahdee’s comment, I now think the first picture is cherry.
And conifur is probably dead on – just go clean it up and make things!!

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#10 posted 01-16-2016 03:09 PM

Where do you live? That would help a lot. 4th is maple. 1st looks like cherry but hard to tell until they are cleaned up

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#11 posted 01-17-2016 12:49 AM

All of this is from Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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