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01-18-2020 03:00 PM

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Need some help identifying this wood I have found, it’s very hard and smells like Elmer’s glue/Wood glue when cut.

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#1 posted 01-18-2020 03:18 PM

The first pic looks like a oven mit.
The barks gone that’s makes it nearly impossible to spark any ideas from me.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 01-18-2020 03:37 PM

Where did you get it? North, south? Ect. That may help some.

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#3 posted 01-18-2020 05:22 PM

Looks like Firewood to me? :-)

These sites help me, when I want to identify unknown wood species:

IMHO – The sapwood appears to have insect damage, maybe bark beetle? There are several species of beetles, that favor different woods in different regions. They tend to target softwoods (pine, fir, cedar), Most common hardwood attacked is elm varieties. They also infect fruit woods.
Not sure bark beetle identification helps, as elm smells like an outhouse to me. Apple tends to have a light sweet odor, but I wouldn’t say it smells like Elmer’s glue?

Another pest is Emerald Ash Borer. They usually leave behind holes in the wood.
Have cut some ash that also had a light sweet odor?

The challenge with odor is it varies based on where wood grows. Dead/down wood can also get various molds/fungus in it; that also have unique smells.

Probably only way to know for sure:
Get close up of the end grain, sanded smooth; and compare it to the pictures on sites above.

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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#4 posted 01-21-2020 11:49 PM

Not sure but if it’s hard as you say I’d suggest making some mallets.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 01:23 AM

Swamp Alder?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 01:36 AM

My vote is for some sort of maple but I bat around 50/50 so I’m possibly wrong

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 02:09 AM

Ironwood? There is this cool service by the federal (US gov’t) forest products laboratory, located in Madison, WI

Check out the link

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#8 posted 01-22-2020 12:29 PM

Here’s another pic of the first type of wood

And here’s another type of wood that I have no clue what it is

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#9 posted 01-22-2020 01:45 PM

Looks like elm to me

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#10 posted 01-22-2020 02:09 PM

Where did the wood grow? The second piece with the bark looks like mulberry.

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#11 posted 01-22-2020 04:31 PM

Looks like elm to me

- Snipes

Yep. The end grain is a dead give away.,%20american.htm

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#12 posted 01-22-2020 05:20 PM

+1 on elm. The insect gallery is from Scolytus (European Elm Bark Beetle) as the main tunnel is parallel to the trunk vs the Native Elm Bark Beetle (Hylurgopinus) who’s galleries run across the trunk axis.

Fun wood to split – not.

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#13 posted 01-22-2020 05:28 PM


Yep it’s a Chunka Wood.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 01-22-2020 07:02 PM

Swamp Alder?

- pontic


-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#15 posted 01-22-2020 11:03 PM


Yep it s a Chunka Wood.

- therealSteveN

lmao-now thats funny.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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