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Mekenikal

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12-04-2018 05:25 AM

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A friend asked me to redo a table that was in her fathers barn. It’s pretty old from what I can tell and seemed to be a good challenge for me. She asked what kind of wood it was and at first I thought it was most likely a pine. But after getting all of the surface dirt sanded off I’m sure it’s not pine but not sure what it really is. It’s definitely a harder wood. I’m in southern Ohio. The table was built right with mitered double mortise and tenon joints that are pinned withe what seems to be hand cut pins. The top has been stained in places with what looks like motor oil. There are 3 holes in one corner with a lot of light surface cuts that lead me to believe that at one time there was a meat grinder mounted there and it’s was used as a makeshift butcher table. I would really like any advice on identifying the wood that it is made of.

-- You'll either make something, or you'll learn something. - My Grandfather


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#1 posted 12-04-2018 06:18 AM

Alder. Most assuredly.

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#2 posted 12-04-2018 08:44 AM

Cherry. Most assuredly.

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#3 posted 12-04-2018 09:03 AM

Yep, that sure looks like previously owned Alder. Looks like someone used it for target practice.

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#4 posted 12-04-2018 11:23 AM

Btw OP, I’m not sure if you’re aware of the(very stale)running Alder jokes on LJ’s. But Fridge and AG are just screwing with you.

It’s Cherry.

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#5 posted 12-04-2018 02:38 PM

1st picture I thought I saw a tinge of Poplar, but,
2nd picture I saw the Cherry. but,
3rd picture I’m thinking maybe Hickory.

But in conclusion, we know it’s hard old growth Alder.

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#6 posted 12-04-2018 02:46 PM

Who put those white things in the wood.
They look out place like a bad Botox treatment
Looks like Sassafras or Cypress

-- Aj

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#7 posted 12-04-2018 04:29 PM

Alder stained to look like cherry?

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#8 posted 12-04-2018 05:23 PM

Another vote on Cherry

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#9 posted 12-04-2018 08:13 PM



Alder stained to look like cherry?

- Fresch

You all do know that Alder is famous for being called “poor-mans cherry”.

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/18559888/list/woodipedia-is-it-cherry-or-is-it-alder

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#10 posted 12-05-2018 12:31 AM

The Places where it looks like it was used for target practice are from how the boards were pinned together with a smaller board running the opposite direction inside the boards. I guess that would be called a pinned floating tennon.

-- You'll either make something, or you'll learn something. - My Grandfather

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Mekenikal

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#11 posted 12-05-2018 12:36 AM

The white things in the boards are my attempt at a butterfly to help stabilize the splits in the boards. I put them on the underside of the table.

Thanks everyone for helping me.

-- You'll either make something, or you'll learn something. - My Grandfather

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#12 posted 12-05-2018 12:41 AM

-- You'll either make something, or you'll learn something. - My Grandfather

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