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Forum topic by heartWoodwork posted 04-16-2018 06:08 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2018 06:08 PM

Hi guys!

I’ve lurked on here for a while admiring everyone’s work, but this is my first time posting.

I was asked by a family friend to duplicate an antique drawing/drafting table that was made by a great-grandfather.

I could use a little help in identifying the wood!

Thanks for any help.

I don’t think it’s alder (and I hope that is actually a joke)

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#1 posted 04-16-2018 06:21 PM

Looks like Beech to me.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 04-16-2018 06:21 PM

Too short to give a positive ID, but my guess is red oak, rift sawn in the first picture and quarter sawn in the second.

Edit: or maybe it’s beech. I don’t know; we don’t really have beech around here so I have no idea what it looks like.

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#3 posted 04-16-2018 06:23 PM

When posting wood ID pictures always show the end grain. It is the most important for a visual ID. They look “oaky” to me. the second picture clearly is from some type of burl or birdseye figure. Need some good end grain shots to distinguish between white or red oak.

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#4 posted 04-16-2018 06:25 PM

I’m saying the same as soob, but I think it’s more indicative of white oak.

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#5 posted 04-16-2018 06:34 PM

Looks ALOT like southern live oak, to me. I have a clock that I built recently sitting on my desk, and your pictures are strikingly similar!

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#6 posted 04-16-2018 06:52 PM

Could be an oak, but the ray fleck looks small to me—more like beech.

A close-up (magnified) view of the end grain would help a lot. This may help:

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#7 posted 04-16-2018 06:55 PM

looks like Sycamore to me

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#8 posted 04-16-2018 06:57 PM

Isn’t that prohibited on this site? :O

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#9 posted 04-16-2018 07:27 PM

“Could you take a look at my wood?”

Is that some kind of pick-up line?

Douglas fir. Plain as the nose on your face.

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#10 posted 04-16-2018 11:09 PM


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#11 posted 04-16-2018 11:15 PM

Totally Beech… thought it was gonna be a hard one.

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#12 posted 04-16-2018 11:19 PM

looks like Sycamore to me

- knotheadswoodshed

That was my initial take as well, but I have no history with Beech to be able to say for certain.



Both have a lot of similarities on QS/rift sawn grain. As already suggested end grain close up will help.

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#13 posted 04-16-2018 11:36 PM

Son of a Beech, what could it be?

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#14 posted 04-17-2018 01:31 AM

Thank-you so much guys.

Beech may in fact be the winner. A tidbit of info I could have included was that the original table was made in Greece.

I will make sure to post up some pictures of the finished replicas!

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#15 posted 04-18-2018 11:27 AM

I am also in the beech camp. The oaks are in the beech family, so they are all related. Beech is diffuse porous while the oaks are ring porous making them easy to tell apart.

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