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08-11-2020 10:38 PM

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Hi everyone. This is my first post here. I hope to learn and share as much as I can. I am new to woodworking and I was able to pick up this piece of slab today. I wanted to ask if its possible to identify what type of wood this is?


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#1 posted 08-11-2020 10:40 PM

end grain pictures are good. a little background on it would be good.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#2 posted 08-11-2020 10:47 PM

Closer, clearer pic is needed. Best guess right now is white oak.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 08-12-2020 12:42 AM

Thank you all for the replies. Here are some close ups.

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#4 posted 08-12-2020 12:53 AM

My guess is Maple. We as in here on LJ don’t usually see maple slabs so that would be odd if it is.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#5 posted 08-12-2020 05:38 AM



My guess is Maple. We as in here on LJ don’t usually see maple slabs so that would be odd if it is.

Good Luck

- Aj2

Thank you. Appreciate it!

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#6 posted 08-12-2020 05:48 AM

I love this game!

Yes, definitely a wood slab. :-)

Species? Not enough information. Missing close up of end grain, and surface is too rough for pictures to show grain and color well. Don’t have any bark as a clue either.
How hard/dense is it?

SWAG? Difference between early and late wood porosity is a clue that will help with end grain. Would favor a guess of Ash, Pecan, Hickory, or Mulberry. Could be maple, paulownia, Laurel, beech, elm, gum, birch, or buckeye too?

When I find unknown species lumber, I use these sites:
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-finder/
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

With proper images of end grain, and better idea of color and grain; can narrow down list.

Best Luck!

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#7 posted 08-12-2020 05:55 AM

If in doubt, call it Alder:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 08-12-2020 06:16 AM



end grain pictures are good. a little background on it would be good.

- BlasterStumps

The person I purchased it from said its cedar but after looking at it for a long time I really don’t think it is.

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#9 posted 08-12-2020 06:27 AM

If it is light weight softwood, I could believe northern white cedar as possibility? Weigh the slab and calculate density. Cedar has distinct end grain too.

Cheers!

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#10 posted 08-12-2020 02:44 PM



If in doubt, call it Alder:)

- Andre

Seems to be the LJ Default. At another forum that used to be popular it was Gum. Probably just depends on where you are geographically.

From the pics so far I would say looks most like Maple to me. I would say soft Maple with the grays and browns in the amounts shown. How much does that chunk weigh?? Without better pics, both end grain, and of the face cleaned up it really is a crapshoot.

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#11 posted 08-12-2020 03:28 PM

Does it smell like cedar? or freshly sharpened pencil?

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#12 posted 08-12-2020 04:34 PM

Maple, Oak, or even Sweet Gum? If it’s really heavy it’s not cedar. Is there an end grain shot?

Regardless, it looks like a nice flat slab begging to be made into a table.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 08-12-2020 05:11 PM

My guess would be Myrtlewood.
Where are you located?

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#14 posted 08-12-2020 06:24 PM

Could be Cherry, but does knowing its name make any difference as to what you make with it?

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#15 posted 08-12-2020 06:40 PM



Could be Cherry, but does knowing its name make any difference as to what you make with it?

- Phil32

Yes….

-- I only know... what I know....

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