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03-02-2019 05:26 PM

I need help to identify this wood species. This is one of leg for dining table and I need to make two legs which was damaged by dog’s bite. Thank you for your help in advance.

-- Young, California,

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#1 posted 03-02-2019 05:32 PM

Can you post some close up pictures?


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#2 posted 03-02-2019 07:47 PM

Figuring out the wood is the least of your problems. Unless your a finishing pro.
Clearly it’s some inexpensive white wood laminated together.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 03-02-2019 08:15 PM

You could just cut smooth and glue on a blank, carve and stain to match. De3pending on the quality of the table my WAG is Maple or Tulip Poplar.

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#4 posted 03-02-2019 09:45 PM

You could just cut smooth and glue on a blank, carve and stain to match. De3pending on the quality of the table my WAG is Maple or Tulip Poplar.

- OnhillWW

+1. I believe it’s also a candidate for rebuilding with epoxy putty.

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#5 posted 03-03-2019 04:30 AM

here is more closer picture

-- Young, California,

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#6 posted 03-03-2019 05:15 AM

I would try to rescupt it from some Bondo wood filler. If you really want to remake it, since it is a light wood and obviously stained, it doesn’t really matter what kind of wood it is just pic s light wood, and work on getting the stain color right. Of course, If you use the Bondo, you’ll need to do that too.

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#7 posted 03-03-2019 01:32 PM

It looks like soft maple to me.

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#8 posted 03-03-2019 02:48 PM

Maple or ash (looking at the fibers) but either would work. For the repair you could also use clear poplar that is easy to get at the big box stores. Personally, I would flatten out the chewed area and glue on a few blocks of wood then shape it. Good project…will be a challenge.

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#9 posted 03-03-2019 03:11 PM

If you’re really going to remake it then any hardwood will work that you can get a color match assuming you have the finishing skills.

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#10 posted 03-03-2019 11:48 PM

Thanks for all you guys advises. I would use ash or poplar for re-building the part.

-- Young, California,

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#11 posted 03-04-2019 12:54 AM

Soft maple was also my guess. I concur with Bondo.

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#12 posted 03-04-2019 01:03 AM

I’d suggest using poplar or just pine cause it’s easier to work with. Strength isn’t a issue cause it’s not weight bearing or structural it’s just a cosmetic piece. I’d flatten and glue in a close matching blank then use knives or a drimel to carve to whatever looks good. Color matching will be the hard part but it helps that most of the time folks don’t look at the feet of a table. Good luck

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#13 posted 03-04-2019 03:14 AM

I say it’s popular. Get a grinder file and and old saw blade and make a moulding scraper and add a new chunk of popular and shape it with the scraper with the profile you just ground in to it. It is a veery common treatment for tables and if they keep the dog you will be using it again.

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