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10-29-2020 11:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood type

I’m new to this forum and looking for some folks with some knowledge to help me in my new woodcrafting venture. I’ve got two questions about types of wood.

1. I’ve seen some projects in our local home decor place that has some projects made of 3/4ish thick wood. It looks similar to pine but is VERY light. It is stained, I assume, with a type of greyish finish. I’ve been limited in the types of wood I have used in the past so I’m not familiar with it. Any ideas?

2. This question has a pic for identification. This is different from question 1. This wood seems to be a plywood of some sort but very light as well.

Any help “wood” be appreciated

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#1 posted 10-29-2020 01:16 PM

The pic is plywood. As for question 1, quite a stretch to ask us to identify wood based on something you’ve seen and describe as, “looks similar to pine but is VERY light”. No idea what you wood you looked at.

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#2 posted 10-29-2020 01:32 PM

1. Without pictures, our guess is not even as good as yours.

2. This looks sort of greenish in the pictures which usually means it is pressure treated pine. Is this for outdoor use? The picture looks to me like a plywood frame with a face frame attached but it hard to tell from the picture. It looks like a very odd way to construct it whatever it is.

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#3 posted 10-29-2020 03:25 PM

Very light colored woods that you would typically find in a home center are Basswood, Balsa, Maple, Aspen, “Whitewood” (that’s what they label it as however nobody I know has ever found a Whitewood tree…), Pine, Spruce, Fir. Like others said though, without pictures, there is no hope of us being able to identify it for you.

Your pic for #2 looks like some kind of plywood with something laminated to it. Maybe oak from the picture but not enough detail to be able to tell for sure.

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#4 posted 10-29-2020 05:12 PM

Light in color or light in weight? Some decorator pieces like Ikea aren’t even wood, its like a cardboard torsion box with a thin wood-looking veneer/sticker. These are very light weight.

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#5 posted 11-02-2020 04:03 PM

1. Without pictures, our guess is not even as good as yours.

- Lazyman

since i havent seen it mentioned in some time, ill go out on a limb and guess

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