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birdman

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09-26-2021 07:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: colorful pink blue wood id

Hello Girls and Guys,

I started cutting up a log I got from my neighbor’s tree ( I think it’s elm but very unsure) when I began to see these beautiful colors. Then, of course, my chainsaw came apart because I hadn’t kept it tightened up.

BTW – praise God the chain came completely off and was flying around right in front of my face and never touched me!

But back to the point – I had to finish sawing the log with my Daddy’s old rip saw. That’s why some pieces look so quirky.

So if anyone can fur sur ID this wood I would appreciate it. I have another, bigger log but I don’t think it’s going to have all this coloring.

Please see photo in reply unless here.

Thanks,
David

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!


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#1 posted 09-26-2021 08:16 PM

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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#2 posted 09-26-2021 08:23 PM

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#3 posted 09-26-2021 09:33 PM



Looks like box elder
https://www.wood-database.com/box-elder/

- SMP


+1

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 09-27-2021 12:00 AM

I don’t know what you intend to use it for but if it is still “green”, wet, they you will probably have trouble with thick pieces like shown in the photos checking and cracking as it dries. Try sealing the end grain with a couple of coats of water based latex paint or you can get one of the paraffin based wood sealers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-27-2021 01:42 AM

Thanks Les you made couple of good points.

Actually, I’ve had this wood for about 3 years so I’m pretty sure it’s dry. The pieces are different thicknesses cuz I wound up have to saw a couple logs by hand.

Thanks and good luck,
David

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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#6 posted 09-27-2021 01:49 AM

Oh and Potz – thanks for the url for wood I’d.

David

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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#7 posted 09-27-2021 01:59 AM



Oh and Potz – thanks for the url for wood I’d.

David

- birdman


yeah a nice score, box elder is beautiful with the reds swirled through.i bought a 8’ live edge slab last year and made a bench and two night stands.check my projects if interested.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 09-27-2021 02:06 AM

There were alot of 3-4’ diameter box elder here in northern Illinois, but everyone cut them down because of the box elder bugs. No one ever thought to cut them for lumber. Not sure if they were the same tree, but I remember the red in the wood. In the maple family, I believe.

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#9 posted 09-27-2021 02:10 AM



There were alot of 3-4 diameter box elder here in northern Illinois, but everyone cut them down because of the box elder bugs. No one ever thought to cut them for lumber. Not sure if they were the same tree, but I remember the red in the wood. In the maple family, I believe.

- ibewjon


man thats sad if that beautiful wood was turned into firewood.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 09-27-2021 02:18 AM

Sure would be. I just couldn’t believe the colors I saw, many were the pink and like a dark baby blue if you know wh as t I mean.

Some cuts looked just like a pretty sunset.

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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#11 posted 09-27-2021 04:35 AM



Sure would be. I just couldn’t believe the colors I saw, many were the pink and like a dark baby blue if you know wh as t I mean.

Some cuts looked just like a pretty sunset.

- birdman

Hmm, baby blue? Sounds like maybe some were beetle kill pine trees?

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#12 posted 09-27-2021 04:15 PM

About all I know is what I don’t know, if you get that. It wasn’t pine and it looked like elm to me. – very big and the limb I got was was about 14 – 16 thick.

Y’all are probably right about box elder but some of the fun is in the chase. (: >

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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