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Forum topic by AM420 posted 09-10-2021 09:21 PM 367 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AM420

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09-10-2021 09:21 PM

Someone gave me some scrap lumber, and given recent wood prices, I took it even though I have no idea what it is. It was in their basement when they moved in. The boards a tongue and groove like floorboards, but it’s very light, lighter than pine, and not particularly hard. So I’d be surprised if its used for flooring. I have one photo of a milled piece and one with the heartwood and sapwood. Unfortunately the photos make them look totally different, but the darker photo is closer to actual color. It also has a very strong smell that I can’t put my finger on.

Anyway, thought it might be a fun challenge for this community to try to figure out!


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 09-10-2021 09:23 PM

Walnut and cherry.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-11-2021 02:44 AM

I would take a wild stab at hickory. I work with hickory a lot and it looks the same . A pic of the end grain would help to satisfy me.

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2021 10:36 PM

If you let me smell it I can tell you if it is walnut as it has, in my opinion, a one of a kind smell.

Since I can’t smell it, have to agree with bondogaposis!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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AM420

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#4 posted 09-12-2021 11:42 PM



If you let me smell it I can tell you if it is walnut as it has, in my opinion, a one of a kind smell.

Since I can t smell it, have to agree with bondogaposis!

- oldnovice

Definitely not walnut or cherry. I have plenty of that laying around. The wood is much lighter and not as hard. Also, the smell is a lot different. I don’t know of a situation where walnut would be milled into 7” wide and over 8’ long tongue and groove planks also.

Both boards are actually the same species and the heartwood in both photos is very close in color, but cameras and their auto retouching based on lighting and such can make messes of things. The color is actually closer to the darker one.

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#5 posted 09-13-2021 10:00 PM

I work with a lot of Western red cedar and this looks a lot like it. It can vary a lot in color and is very light but it is not hard, actually soft.

But ID’s over the internet are usually futile….

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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