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10-07-2020 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shipping dunnage wood id hardwood id question

I acquired a veritable buttload of shipping dunnage, 3’ long 4×4’s. I ran these ones through the planer. Could you dudes help id ‘em. I’m guessing #1 is white oak, #2 walnut? No clue about 3 and 4. Thanks ????

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#1 posted 10-07-2020 03:03 PM

I’d agree with your guesses on 1 and 2.

3: osage orange? The color is off, but the grain looks like it. Osage is super heavy, if that helps.

4: poplar? It’s kind of spalted obviously… poplar would be pretty lightweight.

Good pics!

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#2 posted 10-07-2020 06:42 PM

Some of that kind of stuff is going to be foreign species.

Check to see if there are countrynof origin stamps anywhere, I picked up some once that was from Germany. Some type of oak.

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#3 posted 10-07-2020 07:44 PM

#2 looks like it has some wind shake damage (splits parallel to growth rings). I’d cut a few more inches off to see how deep it goes, but that one might be headed for the firewood stack.

Using walnut for dunnage surprises me, but it is possible. I have seen willow that was that dark, and would also more likely have the wind shake damage.

Or I could be all wrong… especially if it is not from North America.

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#4 posted 10-07-2020 09:46 PM

I’m guessing #3 is red elm.

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#5 posted 10-08-2020 10:15 PM

I’ve seen shipping pallets made from teak. You use whatever wood you have, wherever you are. But of course not the premium grade (unless that’s all you have).

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#6 posted 10-09-2020 12:57 AM

Nice haul, I’m jealous. Are there only the 4 types? You may just have to pile them separately and resort to the convention here with sub-species: Mysterywood 1, Mysterywood 2, ...
Or get to UC Santa Cruz and go to the forestry dept. with some samples

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#8 posted 10-09-2020 04:01 AM

If they from asia they are more than likely Luan. I have picked up a number of these and all were Luan. Luan has a faint cinnamon smell when cut.

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