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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 06-28-2018 04:27 AM 1161 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ColonelTravis

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06-28-2018 04:27 AM

Honestly, I used to hate this game because I thought it was pointless. OK that piece of wood is kinda brown, it’s kinda dense but not too dense and it’s got that grain pattern going on. There you go – wood! Also, it really gets tough without a well-magnified photo of the end grain. Unfortunately, I could not get that sort of thing with any camera app.

Does it matter? In the grand scheme of things, often knowing exactly what it is does not matter. And in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter in my case. But since it’s my case I’ve thought – lighten up, jerk. OK here we go.

Overview of a resawn piece of Mystery X Wood. It’s somewhat light in weight when I pick it up, like well-dried fir or pine.

My bandsaw blade isn’t great but the point of Photo #2 is to show how dusty (lack of a better word) the rough, sawn side was. When I grabbed this off my lumber shelf, I thought I was getting a hunk of 8/4 ash. I’ve had it for a while and don’t remember where I got it. But this cut like a very dry SYP or fir but it’s not a fir I’m used to because when I plane this with a 4, I get a nice golden color. Where I live, the fir I’ve seen sold is more white. My photos aren’t picking up on the yellow, sorry. I don’t think it’s SYP because it is virtually blemish-free and not like any SYP I’ve ever had. Maybe it’s a different pine species? It definitely feels lighter in the hands than any oak or ash.

I am hoping this blemish will help with the answer. There are no other blemishes anywhere on the resawn board or what’s left of the 8/4.

My guess is a fir that I’m not used to or maybe I never knew my firs. Or maybe it is ash and it’s dried out enough that I really don’t know my ash from a hole in the ground.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 06-28-2018 05:01 AM

It kinda looks like basswood.
I know my woods not just by the looks but weight, smell and hardness finger nail test.
So put me down for basswood :)

-- Aj

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 06-28-2018 05:10 AM

Ash. Looks identical to ash in my lumber rack.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Rich

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#3 posted 06-28-2018 05:29 AM

It’s obviously ebony. Duh.

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Andre

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#4 posted 06-28-2018 05:54 AM

Red Oak.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 06-28-2018 09:20 AM

Alder.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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Combo Prof

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#6 posted 06-28-2018 11:19 AM

I would also guess Basswood, but I am not very good at this game.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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WDHLT15

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#7 posted 06-28-2018 11:43 AM

I am with woodknack. It is ash.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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ColonelTravis

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#8 posted 06-28-2018 05:09 PM

I’ve got 8/4 basswood which is snow white and does not plane to a nice golden yellow like this stuff does, and the grain in my known-basswood is slightly more wavy. Are there different basswoods?

Ash is extremely close to white oak on the hardness scale and my dovetail alignment board is made of white oak using boards a little smaller than my resawn mystery wood, and the alignment board is heavier. It’s definitely not oak and I can’t imagine it’s ash because holding the mystery wood feels like the weight of a pine or fir.

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johnstoneb

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#9 posted 06-28-2018 05:30 PM

It’s most likely ash.
Definitely not pine or fir.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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JayT

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#10 posted 06-28-2018 05:32 PM

Could it be cypress?

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#11 posted 06-28-2018 06:04 PM

I bought a truckload of Ash a few years ago and been using it for many projects, mostly shop cabinets and drawers. I guess you could say I’ve Ash coming out of my Ash so I can tell you in no uncertain terms what you have there is Ash.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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Combo Prof

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#12 posted 06-28-2018 07:42 PM

O.K. I just don’t understand how it can feel lighter, then ash. Otherwise I would have said ash. If I could touch it then I could tell you for sure if its ash. Which definitely feels harder then basswood and has a different texture.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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Aj2

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#13 posted 06-28-2018 09:50 PM

How about paulowina .Or balsa wood they are very lite .
I don’t see any large pores ash has.And would like to get my hands on some fine grained ash.

-- Aj

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TheFridge

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#14 posted 06-28-2018 10:21 PM



Alder.

- Tony_S

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 06-28-2018 10:23 PM



Could it be cypress?

- JayT

Negative bud.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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