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11-06-2019 03:34 AM

This pallet had a 12’ metal brake on it and was shipped from Illinois. The pallet wood was 4×6. Is that enough information to help identify this wood?


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#1 posted 11-06-2019 05:34 AM

That’s pretty hard to tell what it is.

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#2 posted 11-06-2019 10:27 AM

Looks like a low grade piece of oak. A picture of a clean piece will help. If the pores show in the end it is red oak. Even though it shipped from Illinois, the pallet lumber could have come from any neighboring state. There is a lot of oak here, but I see alot being shipped in from out of state. I also see alot of sycamore in pallets.

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#3 posted 11-06-2019 01:32 PM

Might be quarter sawn sycamore

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#4 posted 11-06-2019 01:45 PM

Alder.

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#5 posted 11-06-2019 02:34 PM

If it helps, the wood has no discernible smell.

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#6 posted 11-06-2019 02:39 PM

Sycamore.

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#7 posted 11-06-2019 02:42 PM

I’d say sycamore too.

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#8 posted 11-06-2019 06:56 PM

Is there any woodworking process in which knowing the wood species is required?

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#9 posted 11-06-2019 07:03 PM


Is there any woodworking process in which knowing the wood species is required?

- Phil32


Nah, this was a pallet too.

The variation in species used on pallets is pretty diverse. It makes for some awesome boards. This project became the top for a coffee bar made from two wall cabinets I removed from my kitchen.

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#10 posted 11-06-2019 07:10 PM

Is there any woodworking process in which knowing the wood species is required?

No, but knowing what it is helps to figure out if I want to spend the time breaking it down to use on a future project!!!!

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#11 posted 11-06-2019 07:15 PM



Is there any woodworking process in which knowing the wood species is required?

- Phil32

No, but knowing what it is helps to figure out if I want to spend the time breaking it down to use on a future project!!!!

- Broncfan1986


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#12 posted 11-06-2019 10:22 PM

I’m not saying it wouldn’t be delightful to discover you got a rosewood pallet for the price of junk wood.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit! Likewise with woodworkers.

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#13 posted 11-06-2019 11:58 PM

Clean a short piece, and also a piece of end grain. Post new pictures please.

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#14 posted 11-11-2019 05:47 PM

quartersawn maple possibly

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#15 posted 11-11-2019 09:50 PM

Shipped from Illinois? My guess would be Illinoisian Alder (pronounced Ill-a-noy-zee-un All-dur). Rare but beautiful, indeed.

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