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Nov 8, 2021 - 10:22:04 AM

conic

England

937 posts since 2/15/2014

can anybody identify the wood on the attachment please, the wood is medium hard and dense also a bit waxy.

I ripped several logs down to 5mm and for somebody and they want more of this one but i dont know which log its from as i just ripped a sample from the woodpile but i believe it was actually from the 4"x4" from a heavy pallet. someone suggested cedar but I dont think so

 

Thanks


Nov 8, 2021 - 10:46:22 AM

1517 posts since 12/22/2006

Ambrosia Maple

Nov 8, 2021 - 12:32:59 PM

GeorgeG

USA

58 posts since 9/13/2019

No, not cedar. Pretty though.

Nov 8, 2021 - 12:45:09 PM
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Helix

USA

15035 posts since 8/30/2006

Ambrosia and or Striped Maple

Nov 8, 2021 - 3:10:40 PM
like this

rmcdow

USA

1051 posts since 11/8/2014

I don't see the ambrosia bug holes in the wood in the photo, and the waxy bit doesn't sound like maple at all. If you want to know for certain, lop a piece off and send it to these guys.

fpl.fs.fed.us/research/centers...sheet.php

They will ID three pieces of wood a year at no charge. I get mine in every year from my wood stash when I forget what some woods are, or didn't mark them, and they do a great job of ID.

Just saw you are in the UK, so this would not work for you.  I don't believe this is ambrosia maple, and as you said it might be from a pallet, and is waxy, it is likely from a tropical wood, and there are a few that are used as pallets. 

Edited by - rmcdow on 11/08/2021 15:14:16

Nov 8, 2021 - 4:16:05 PM

Fathand

Canada

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Hard to tell from the pic, my first thought was maple hardwood, i.e. brown maple as opposed to the light coloured sap wood we usually think of.

Nov 8, 2021 - 5:27:29 PM

14134 posts since 6/29/2005

Was the pallet from something made locally, or could the pallet have been with a product shipped from some far-away place?

Is the wood really heavy or light? Can you mark it with your fingernail? Any particular smell?

Nov 9, 2021 - 4:09:55 AM
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Helix

USA

15035 posts since 8/30/2006

Those are the right questions. My opinion is the UK is a depository of banjo hardware and goods from all over the world.
Could be Apitong. I wish Catalpa would catch on.

Nov 9, 2021 - 10:59:21 AM

conic

England

937 posts since 2/15/2014

Thanks for the feedback, really appreciated, I have searched thorough buckets of offcuts and found the leftovers from what I had cut and it was defiantly from a 4" x 4" pallet wood. I have no idea where the pallet came from.
The wood is heavy and can make a very slight mark with my fingernail.
I can just about smell a hint of resin so I lit the end with a match and it flared up quite flammable.

I have attached a closeup


 

Nov 9, 2021 - 2:07:13 PM

rmcdow

USA

1051 posts since 11/8/2014

It looks a bit like larch, but it could be another similar wood. Larch smells of resin when you work it.  Maple doesn't have that kind of pores.

Edited by - rmcdow on 11/09/2021 14:09:14

Nov 9, 2021 - 5:15:03 PM
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rvrose

USA

836 posts since 6/29/2007

Nov 10, 2021 - 2:16:26 PM

14134 posts since 6/29/2005

Whatever it is, it looks as if there's a lot of sapwood, so that makes the ID difficult.

It may be that the wood we are familiar with looks like the dark parts, and the light wood we are seeing is sapwood.

Nov 11, 2021 - 1:29:46 PM

rmcdow

USA

1051 posts since 11/8/2014

Take a look at these links and see if your wood appears to match, both from the photo and the description. The photos on this page are straight grain wood, but it is likely that straight grain larch would not be used for pallets, but larch wood is commonly used for pallets.

trada.co.uk/wood-species/larch-european/

another reference

wood-database.com/european-larch/

Edited by - rmcdow on 11/11/2021 13:31:34

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