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trsnider

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09-20-2020 12:57 AM

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I recently picked up four boards of what I thought was what I thought was maple. When I started working with one of them it’s apparent that it’s not maple. I think I might be ash or hickory. The color is more beige and not as white as maple. The grain is really fine/tight and almost interlocked in the woods seems a lot denser and Maple. Here are some images I don’t know if anybody can help me out or not thanks.


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#1 posted 09-20-2020 04:02 AM

The top pic makes me think QS Sycamore. Anything below look familiar?

http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/sycamore.htm

I was thinking of this pic.

If it is, here is some more info

https://www.wood-database.com/sycamore/

The only other domestic I can think of with that lacy look is QS Maple, it often has those wings.

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#2 posted 09-20-2020 04:09 AM

Sycamore was my first thought but I have never actually worked with sycamore so take my opinion on it with a grain of salt.

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#3 posted 09-20-2020 10:06 AM

Sycamore is fairly soft. Even QS can be dented with fingernail. So your comment that is harder makes a Sycamore guess difficult for me?

I think you have one of several maple varieties with darker colors like; Sycamore Maple, Norway Maple, or Florida Maple. Florida maple is cousin to sugar maple and harder than ‘average’ maple, but not as hard as ‘rock hard’ sugar maple. Occasionally see these varieties mixed together inside ‘country’ maple units that also have striped maple with a rustic look.

The color in 1st pic is too yellow for European beech, but the grain pattern is similar. American beech is easy to mistake for Norway/Florida maple as it is less pink.

There also a couple of Birch, like sweet birch that have noticeable rays in end grain, and similar color. Need polished end grain to rule this one out.

Hope this helps!

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#4 posted 09-20-2020 11:17 AM

Sycamore. No question.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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#5 posted 09-20-2020 02:55 PM

Looks exactly like some Suigar Maple I have from Mississippi.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 09-20-2020 03:19 PM

The guys I was buying it from said it was Sugar Maple. But it does seem similar to Sycamore. This is a local place that cuts, dries and sell, we do have Sycamore around here so that makes sense. Sugar maple also makes sense because “that’s what they told me”. It just didn’t work like any maple I’ve had before that’s why I was wondering.

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#7 posted 09-20-2020 03:28 PM



Sycamore. No question.

- Tony_S

SURE, show up for the easy ones….

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#8 posted 09-20-2020 04:37 PM

I would put money on Sycamore also. I use it a lot and working on a project with it as we speak.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 09-20-2020 07:35 PM

Plus like any wood, densities aren’t identical across the entire species, so it’s possible some from over here, may be harder and heavier than some from over there.

I think the thing that makes me say Sycamore over QS Maple is the amount of the bees wings, With Maple it has them scattered, but not as prevalent as what is showing in your pics.

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#10 posted 09-20-2020 08:14 PM


SURE, show up for the easy ones….

- LeeRoyMan


Thats what she said ;)

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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