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Forum topic by Andybb posted 09-26-2018 03:25 AM 1148 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andybb

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09-26-2018 03:25 AM

99% sure it’s alder but what would be your second choice?

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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CWWoodworking

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#1 posted 09-26-2018 03:36 AM

Doesn’t look like alder to me at all. Is there finish on it?

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#2 posted 09-26-2018 03:56 AM

Thumbs down on Alder, thumbs up for pallet wood.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 04:07 AM

The grain is all wrong. Alder tends to be rather straight, and not very pronounced. This screams pine.

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#4 posted 09-26-2018 04:25 AM

I’d vote alder elm. Has an elm-y look. If it wasn’t alder.

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#5 posted 09-26-2018 11:18 AM

Stabilized and dyed alder

Rich

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#6 posted 09-26-2018 05:52 PM

i agree its not alder,ive worked with alder and the grain pattern doesnt look right.

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#7 posted 09-26-2018 08:38 PM

Have no clue;
but it looks like flat sawn Elm or Ash limb wood, covered with American walnut stain.

This always helps me when I need to figure out a wood type:
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-finder/

Best Luck.

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#8 posted 09-26-2018 08:40 PM

Do you have any end grain pics?

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#9 posted 09-26-2018 08:54 PM

I was only kidding about the alder guys.

It’s very dense which is why I’m thinking rosewood.

End grain shot.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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lumbering_on

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#10 posted 09-26-2018 10:06 PM

Definitely not stained pine. :(

I’m going to go with The Fridge and guess Red Elm based on the end grain. However, is how heavy is it? Elm is something like half the weight of Rosewood, but would be around the same as Red Oak.

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#11 posted 09-26-2018 10:28 PM

Definitely heavier than oak. I’m using it for 1/4 round accent trim so it really doesn’t matter. When somebody asks “what kind of wood is that” I like to be able to not say I don’t know. :-)

It came from a luthier who closed up and I think he was gonna use it for fret boards.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 09-27-2018 11:51 AM

The pore structure in the end grain indicates that it is a tropical hardwood.

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#13 posted 09-27-2018 02:45 PM

Tigerwood, or Goncalo Alves. I have some in my stack but the black streaks are not that prominent in what I have.

Looks pretty similar.

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Andybb

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#14 posted 09-27-2018 05:43 PM



The pore structure in the end grain indicates that it is a tropical hardwood.

- WDHLT15


Tigerwood, or Goncalo Alves. I have some in my stack but the black streaks are not that prominent in what I have.

Looks pretty similar.

- ScottM

Seems to make sense. Thanks guys.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 10-24-2018 10:43 PM

If its disproportionaly (sic) heavy for its size ask Crowie as I think I saw something similar at his shop last week.

-- Regards Rob

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