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01-26-2017 05:07 PM

Hi I recently bought a beam for a mantle over my log burner. i was told it was oak but after looking closer and plaining and sanding a section I’m not sure what it is. Can anyone help??


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#1 posted 01-26-2017 05:12 PM

What with the light reflection it is difficult to identify. Photo of end grain would also help.

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#2 posted 01-26-2017 05:15 PM

Looks more like maple to me.

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#3 posted 01-26-2017 05:22 PM

This Is the end grain

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#5 posted 01-26-2017 05:39 PM

Looks like spalted hackberry elm.

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#6 posted 01-26-2017 11:28 PM

I sent a chunk of mine off to be identified.

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#7 posted 01-27-2017 12:17 AM

Looks like a skanky piece of Walnut on my monitor.

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#8 posted 01-27-2017 12:21 AM

cant help with the identification but what are the dimensions of that?

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#9 posted 01-27-2017 01:05 PM

I do believe that it is yellow poplar. Take a close up pic of a clean slice of the end grain (use a razor knife), and I can verify it.

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#10 posted 01-27-2017 01:18 PM

I was gonna say walnut as well because of the purple-ish color.

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#11 posted 01-27-2017 02:09 PM

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#12 posted 01-27-2017 02:37 PM



I do believe that it is yellow poplar. Take a close up pic of a clean slice of the end grain (use a razor knife), and I can verify it.

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What he said. Gotta have a clear pic of the endgrain.

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#13 posted 01-27-2017 06:58 PM

About impossible to tell from pictures. Some species are quite difficult to visually distinguish from each other without very careful photography—ash, hickory and oak, birch and gum, alder and poplar, locust and elm, holly and maple, etc. Not only do you have to see face and end grain, the specific gravity is important, as well as the smell.

Unless knowing the exact species is important, why not just use it and be happy that it’s not “fire” wood.

BTW, it’s probably not oak based on how it is spalted. But it could be any of a dozen different species.

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#14 posted 01-27-2017 07:23 PM

Luckily in Oklahoma, we’re limited to a pretty specific variety of usable trees, and they all smell different when being cut. I’ll be honest, I’m still terrible with identifying species of hardwoods outside of maple, walnut, and oak. From the very limited pictures, it doesn’t look like any of those.

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#15 posted 01-28-2017 03:41 PM

Thanks for the close-up. It is yellow poplar. Note the thin line at the end of the growth ring. That is called marginal parenchyma and is a characteristic of yellow poplar and the magnolias. YP is in the Magnolia family.

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