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Jim55

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06-20-2019 06:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed wood pallets

I get this cast off lumber from a business that builds industrial air conditioners among other related things. They have machinery and stacks of sheet metal brought in on pallets running anywhere from basic 4’ square up to 4’-5’ wide and 8’-9’ long. There is a lot of 4”x4” and 2”x3” lumber with them. Besides basic pine type woods there are oak and others are of some “mystery” hardwood(?).

It is this “mystery” hardwood(?) I am concerned with. It is fairly dense and heavier than equivalent pieces of pine but lighter than oak. The grain is pretty straight and color is even and I’d say bland and blonde. Pictures are what you really need here so are provided. Some shots are doubled of the same piece. That is of different settings to give two different color appearances. I figure that may help give a better idea of their true appearance since monitor settings can give different views.
The light sides are saw cut the darker uncut. The holes are nail holes. They can be pulled with some difficulty but nothing so much like oak. One thought that might help. I think some of this may come from Europe. Some of it had padding-bags of dirt actually, marked in German.
Here you go…


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 06:41 PM

Looks like poplar to me.

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JoeRPhilly

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 07:34 PM

Looks like it could be gum

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#3 posted 06-20-2019 08:02 PM

+1 for Poplar.

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Wmecks

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#4 posted 06-20-2019 08:09 PM

Eucalyptus

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#5 posted 06-21-2019 10:25 AM

Populus species?
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/poplar-cottonwood-and-aspen-whats-what/
or maybe
Blue Gum/Eucalyptus
https://www.wood-database.com/blue-gum/

Need close up of polished end grain to decide.

These sites might help:
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-finder/
http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

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lndfilwiz

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#6 posted 06-21-2019 12:48 PM

Elm?

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ArtMann

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#7 posted 06-21-2019 01:43 PM

Spalted yellow poplar is my best guess.

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#8 posted 06-21-2019 02:51 PM

No votes for Alder?

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#9 posted 06-21-2019 03:03 PM

I know what that is . That is Swiss pear that hasn’t been steamed.
Very much a European wood. It was probably used on the pallet because it’s a very low quality piece of wood .
But has good hardness.

-- Aj

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#10 posted 06-21-2019 03:13 PM

Would knowing the name of the wood change the way you work it?

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#11 posted 06-21-2019 03:26 PM


Would knowing the name of the wood change the way you work it?

- Phil32

Sometimes, yes, especially finishing

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CaptainKlutz

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#12 posted 06-21-2019 03:28 PM



I know what that is . That is Swiss pear that hasn’t been steamed.
Very much a European wood. It was probably used on the pallet because it’s a very low quality piece of wood .
But has good hardness.

- Aj2

Swiss pear? I tired to search for swiss pear and get pictures of beautiful women, like this?
http://beauty-around.com/images/sampledata/Swiss_Women/9MichelleHunziker.jpg

Then I realized spell check changed it to: Swiss PAIR.
My bad, fat fingers.

This is better:
https://www.wood-database.com/pear/
https://www.rarewoodsusa.com/product/pear-swiss/

hehe, that made my day…...

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Aj2

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#13 posted 06-21-2019 04:06 PM

Would knowing the name of the wood change the way you work it?

- Phil32
Sometimes, yes, especially finishing

- AlaskaGuy

I think it does. One attribute of pear wood is it’s very brittle. And it’s very difficult to determine grain direction.
So once we know that it can be used to our advantage. My guess is just me trying to be right once this week. :(
Good Luck to everyone.

-- Aj

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#14 posted 06-21-2019 05:38 PM

looks like Lyptus https://www.wood-database.com/lyptus/ I bought some at Owl hardwoods in Chicago last year and recently got my hands on some large crates built to ship motors from Brazil that ended up being Lyptus as well. The crate wood i found at work was identical to what i bought it looks close to you pictures. It is a hybrid tree grown on plantations in Brazil. If you can confirm the origin of Pallets it could help you identify the lumber.

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