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05-14-2022 01:06 PM

Some wood left by the previous owners of our home. I have no idea what it is. Can anyone identify it. These are not stained , just have mineral oil and wax on them.

Thanks

-- Dan, TN


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#1 posted 05-15-2022 09:28 PM

Spalted Birch, or Leopardspot Alder
What if the answer we settle on is wrong?

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#2 posted 05-16-2022 12:29 AM

From a souvenir factory in china?

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#3 posted 05-16-2022 12:48 AM



Spalted Birch, or Leopardspot Alder
What if the answer we settle on is wrong?

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#4 posted 05-16-2022 12:58 AM

naw its walalder with a spalting in guture

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#5 posted 05-16-2022 03:09 AM

I’m just rolling on the floor, laughing my butt off, at these hilarious replies! Not.

Now, show the man some respect.

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#6 posted 05-16-2022 05:38 AM

I’m just trying to be helpful. The OP has a legitimate question.

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#7 posted 05-16-2022 06:44 AM

Does not look like normal spalted wood to me?
Spalting usually follows the early/late wood grain lines, as that is easiest path for water/mold to flow.

The side of board is not consistent with top?

Looks more like white pine that some artist partially stained.
Would be easy to make a natural pattern. Use a t-shirt full of holes on top as mask, and spray some grain sealer. Remove mask after it dries, rub on stain, and sand everything to remove fuzzy lines and grain sealer.
Voilà, leopard spotted wood.

YMMV

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#8 posted 05-16-2022 11:08 AM

Zebrano, commonly called zebra wood.
Its normally more striped, but I have used zebrano with that much pattern.

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#9 posted 05-16-2022 06:14 PM

After we have all offered our jokes and guesses, is the OP any closer to a definitive answer? Will he be more respected when he has an answer?

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#10 posted 05-17-2022 09:58 PM

Thanks for all the insight.

Dan

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#11 posted 05-17-2022 10:52 PM

I’ve never messed with zebra wood but to me it looked like it was a water damaged or rotted pine or maple…. or some sort of special Dalmatian lumber :)

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#12 posted 05-17-2022 11:00 PM

“Vaguely” resembles the wood “marble walnut” I used for my humidor

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#13 posted 05-17-2022 11:08 PM

It’s from BRISTOL Tn, and Va border, so I would be surprised if they used anything except something local.

https://www.idcide.com/i/mc2/tn/bristol.gif

Could be a lot of woods, but my guess is Poplar.

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#14 posted 05-18-2022 12:44 AM

Eastern red cedar

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#15 posted 05-18-2022 12:46 AM

Thanks. More curiosity on my part than anything, as it has been hanging around my shop for 9 years since I came across the board in a house I bought. Interesting that the wood is sound throughout, but also had that mottling throughout, as I resawed and planed it to make the coasters.

I’ll go with water damaged poplar, and as some have said, it doesn’t make any difference. I’m sure the camo look will appeal to someone here in the Appalachian’s.

-- Dan, TN

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