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Forum topic by DamnYankee posted 11-16-2011 12:12 AM 1574 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2011 12:12 AM

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My Grandfather sent several of pieces of this wood to me through some relatatives that visited him. Accordin to what they said, that he said, it is not walnut. I’m not so sure, but then again, I generally cannot tell one type of wood from another unless there’s a label on it (sad I know) or unless I’ve worked with it A LOT. I have worked with some walnut, but not much.

The peices are apparently left over portions of planks as they have tongue and groove edges and have expansion hollows on the back side.

The darker looking one, I wiped down with mineral spirits.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 01:24 AM

It sure looks like walnut to me.

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 01:26 AM

Sure looks like walnut to me. Either way, it is very nice looking. Good score.

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 01:32 AM

I’d sure say Walnut. I’d also be interested in knowing why they’re so sure it’s not….?

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 01:41 AM

If I had to bet I would say walnut as well…. All else fails cut it. There is no denying that walnut smell.

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 01:50 AM

Oh my goodness. That looks like some dangerous stuff; but you are in luck. Send it to me and I’ll see that it gets properly disposed of.

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 02:04 AM

I don’t think crank49 has had proper training in the delicate practice of wood disposal. Allow me.

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 02:13 AM

Do you know if it is domestic or exotic? If it is domestic it certainly looks like walnut? There are tons of exotics though that look similar…Tigerwood is one that quickly comes to mind.

From the look of the tongue and groove, along with the additional grooving, it was milled to be used for flooring. Based on that, you could google or look up flooring companies and check out their inventories….they typically put pictures of the color and grain in their online catalogs that might lead you in the proper direction.

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 04:56 AM

Okay….we are all in agreement …. It’s walnut. Took a piece to my local woodworkers meeting tonight and they all said “sure looks like walnut to me”. So either my grandfather is wrong or my parents suck at the game of “telephone”. One of the guys at the meeting said, after I told him my grandfather lives in Wisconsin, that walnut in Wisconsin is usually much darker. Don’t know, thanks for all the quick responses, I’m calling it walnut.

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#9 posted 11-16-2011 07:12 PM

You can also tell by smell. If you’ve worked with walnut before, then you’ll know the smell. Mill some up and take a sniff :)

btw: I’m calling walnut too. The guy that told you about the walnut being darker in Wisconsin might be familiar with air dried walnut only. When it’s kiln dried, it’s usually steamed first, which lightens it a bit.

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#10 posted 11-18-2011 08:44 PM

Everybody agrees walnut, but I have some Bolivian Rosewood in my stock that looks just like that first board. I also have some old growth Tennessee walnut in my stock that looks like the second picture.
Domestic – definitely walnut
Exotic – I’m going with Bolivian or Peruvian Rosewood, which are two species used in a lot of flooring.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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