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12-04-2018 05:35 PM

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Hello folks! I’ve been all over the web trying to determine what kind of wood this is. It’s from a reclaimed pallet that had library furniture from Michigan on it. It’s absolutely beautiful and I want to buy more To finish a project but I can’t seem to figure out what it is. It’s definitely a hardwood. Only a few of these boards on the pallets, the rest are red oak…which I’m not a fan of. Any insight would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 12-04-2018 05:46 PM

That pic gives us a better idea of size than grain pattern or wood type. Maybe a closeup of face and end grain would help those that are good ID’ers of wood.

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#2 posted 12-04-2018 05:48 PM

The first clue may be the origin, which may be Michigan (or not). You do not know if it was first destined to move library furniture or something else. The northern tier of the Midwest has a lot of mixed hardwood forests. That said, I would guess hickory or maple. The photo doesn’t help.

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#3 posted 12-04-2018 05:57 PM

To my way of thinking, it could be Pecan or Hickory…..But I don’t know anything about hardwoods up in Michigan.
If that’s where it came from…..possibly somewhere else…!!

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#4 posted 12-04-2018 05:58 PM

Maybe these pics will show more of what will help identify it? I realize I sound clueless…that’s because I am. lol

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#6 posted 12-04-2018 06:01 PM

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#7 posted 12-04-2018 06:02 PM

Looks like Pecan to me.

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#8 posted 12-04-2018 06:08 PM

That looks like Hickory to me. I had a Hickory tree fall in my yard and I harvested it. The outer wood has a lot of the dark spalting like what you have in that board. The end grain is the give-away. It is an open grain like oak but it’s harder and lighter colored. We mostly use it here in the south to smoke BBQ. And you can get some fine smoked meat off of it. But just pork not beef. Beef ain’t BBQ. Chicken is OK but pork is the best. Sorry y’all. I haven’t had lunch yet.

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#9 posted 12-04-2018 06:10 PM



The first clue may be the origin, which may be Michigan (or not). You do not know if it was first destined to move library furniture or something else. The northern tier of the Midwest has a lot of mixed hardwood forests. That said, I would guess hickory or maple. The photo doesn t help.

- Phil32

I am almost certain the pallets are purchased directly from the manufacturer by the library furniture manufacturer. Because the furniture is primarily sold to schools, I feel confident there are regulations regarding where pallets can be sourced. I mentioned the pallets being so heavy to the factory owner when I saw him at our sales conference and he commented that because their furniture is so heavy, they buy solid oak pallets. I assumed it was oak until we started planing down the other boards…and that’s when I realized they were primarily red oak and I still had no idea what the pretty pieces were. I could ask him where he gets his pallets, but I don’t want to bother him with my DIY projects.
Thank you again! I really appreciate ya’ll taking time out of your day to help!

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#10 posted 12-04-2018 06:15 PM

Could be white oak too. If you cut it with a power saw you will smell that putrid oak smell. Hickory and Pecan don’t do that.

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#11 posted 12-04-2018 06:18 PM



That looks like Hickory to me. I had a Hickory tree fall in my yard and I harvested it. The outer wood has a lot of the dark spalting like what you have in that board. The end grain is the give-away. It is an open grain like oak but it s harder and lighter colored. We mostly use it here in the south to smoke BBQ. And you can get some fine smoked meat off of it. But just pork not beef. Beef ain t BBQ. Chicken is OK but pork is the best. Sorry y all. I haven t had lunch yet.

Just sayin .
- DBDesigns

Well that took an odd turn…now I’m hungry and you are obviously not from Texas, because they would disagree about beef not being BBQ! Personally…I…agree. I’m also not from Texas though. lol

I thought it kind of looked like hickory, but I guess I just didn’t expect pallets to be made of such a pretty wood. Of course, I also tend to prefer the wood that other people see as lower quality and only good for pallets. I like all the knots!

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#12 posted 12-04-2018 09:25 PM

Ayup, Hickory. I recognize that end grain anywhere.

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#13 posted 12-04-2018 09:31 PM

Yep – hickory

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#14 posted 12-04-2018 11:59 PM

Ayup and yep…Hickory.

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#15 posted 12-05-2018 02:29 AM

By hickory they mean alder

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