What is this slab speciesI just found in my garage attick

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Forum topic by Chrisf619 posted 08-21-2019 02:52 PM 593 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2019 02:52 PM

HI I recently have gotten I to woodworking and coincidently found about 500lbs in slabs in my garage attic yesturday but I have no idea what species they are. I did a quick router plan and danish oil to reveal a sample of the grain. First is super yellow similar to tulip poplar and the other two are same slab just flipped over. I still have about 15 more slabs up there and excited to pull them down and open them up when I’m ready for a project. Please help

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#1 posted 08-21-2019 03:28 PM

That second photo looks like Poplar to me. The green tinge with black around the knots is quite typical.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 08-21-2019 03:33 PM

last photo looks like cherry. Just trim the end of it with a circular saw and the smell will tell you if it’s cherry.

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#3 posted 08-22-2019 12:48 AM

It is confirmed rainbow poplar. I took a bit more off to flatten for a table and there has been some purple that has been revealed. And as for smelling I will see if I can get my wife to smell it. My nose doesnt smell stuff ever since I bumped my head too hard haha. Does it literally smell like cherries?

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#4 posted 08-22-2019 08:47 AM

These sites have pictures of different wood varieties to help you identify unknown lumber.
Best Luck!

-- 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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#5 posted 08-25-2019 02:00 AM

Does it literally smell like cherries?

- Chrisf619

It smells like baking cherry pies.

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