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Old 02-19-2016, 01:04 PM   #21
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Does anyone really know wood-img_20141022_133922474.jpg

Rosewood, which I had never seen in person. Looks like walnut to me.
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Here's one. This is my basement door, 100 years old. Surprisingly,it is a veneer.What is it?


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Pecan maybe?
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My Goodness! I've created a trend. Clearly, I am not the only one who does not know my woods. I'll just tell the insurance people my items are really wood. (they asked for a household inventory and I'd hoped to name the wood in my house and furniture. 1, 2 & 6 I am fairly certain are Oak. The chairs and reddish table 4 & 5 I really had no clue. 3 I think is Oak, only because the rest of the trims seem to be and I can't see them switching mid job to a different wood, but a 100 years ago, they did do some odd things well.
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My Goodness! I've created a trend. Clearly, I am not the only one who does not know my woods. I'll just tell the insurance people my items are really wood. (they asked for a household inventory and I'd hoped to name the wood in my house and furniture. 1, 2 & 6 I am fairly certain are Oak. The chairs and reddish table 4 & 5 I really had no clue. 3 I think is Oak, only because the rest of the trims seem to be and I can't see them switching mid job to a different wood, but a 100 years ago, they did do some odd things well.
So, if 4 and 5 are furniture, in my opinion it would be a safe bet that they are cherry, mahoghany or walnut. Maybe even the rosewood. Since you own them, maybe their history can reveal more.
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Pecan maybe?
No, I have a piece of pecan somewhere in the basement, no match. My educated guess, based on the fact where I live was built to house shipyard workers for Bethlehem Steel, is that it is pine. Why it is veneer, I don't know.
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It's interesting to note that at one time there where tradespeople whose sole trade was matching and selecting wood and wood grain patterns for construction and furniture making. They could develop quite a clientele if they were good at it. When you go into some of those old Victorian era mansions for example you can tell that the person responsible for the wood selection was a true artisan, not just the guys doing the finishing and the construction. There is an old mansion here in town that is where the chamber of commerce has it's offices. The entire first floor is all cherry paneling. It truly takes your breath away when you walk in the door. The architect that shares the space has told me that it would cost over $2 million to replicate the main wooden staircase.
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About a year ago, a GC friend of mine who used to be a cabinet maker made himself and his wife a 'morning table' out of roughly 8 different types of exotic woods. All cut at weird angles, strips, shapes, etc. It's one of the most incredible pieces of carpentry I've seen in a long time. Most of the types of wood were stuff I'd never even heard of and I don't think any of them were grown in North America.

He made my wife and I a bread board and laughed when I told him there was no way I would be putting a knife anywhere near the thing. It's a piece of artwork that hangs on our kitchen wall.
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I believe they were called boardwrights, but I can't find anything online other then a definition of a boardwright as a carpenter. I believe they were highly specialized carpenters but I can't find a reference to that anywhere. If I remember I read about them probably 30 years ago in an old SW training book.
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Quartersawn oak



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This is also Quartersawn. Ray flakes are not always as evident as your pic. I was looking at the grain.
Some of the oaks could be veneers.
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This is also Quartersawn. Ray flakes are not always as evident as your pic. I was looking at the grain.
Some of the oaks could be veneers.
You're right.

I was more looking at the first two pics being heart grain as opposed to straight grain. If it were quartersawn, the heart grain could not look as it does in the pic
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Identifying old stained wood species from one-dimensional face-grain photos is an educated guess at best. Some are pretty easy to spot, while others can easily be confused with similar woods, (think pecan & hickory). That said, I'd trust FauxLynn's opinion as much as anyone. Many experts will say a more accurate way to identify is from studying a view of end-grain, freshly cut or sanded. I'm not one of those experts who can identify by end-grain though. Half art, half science.
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Pictures 4,6 and the last one make me think it's cherry.

This is a table? From what year?

There is a wood identification place somewhere....Minnesota? But you have to send them a chunk of the wood.

Or... go to CT and ask Leo, he will know. The man is a master.
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Once the stain goes on some, it's a crap shoot trying to identify them. End-grain identification usually works pretty good, especially if you can scrape a little of any stain/finish off.
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There's a thing called non human environmental forensics that can offer DNA for wood species. Totally unhelpful for sure. But it is intriguing.
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Wanted to add not to discount the useage of mahogany in a lot of the old furniture building. Furniture makers liked to use it in place of cherry because the similarity of the grain and the absence of sapwood in the boards. (That's the light colored grain wood in a lot of the cherry. A lot of it was dyed to match the darker grain before staining & finishing)

I have some black walnut from some 8-10" diameter trees. I have yet to find a person who could identify it accurately with the dark grain cut out. Black oak is another interesting species.
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We had sassafras milled for our floors. It's grain and color are similar to chestnut. It has held up okay to dogs and such but is only moderately hard. Finished with 1 coat Waterlox gloss then 2 coats of the satin. It smelled great when cutting and sanding. The Waterlox, not so much.
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Wow^^^^^^, I thought sassafrass was a stalk like thing,like bamboo. Your floor could easily be mistaken for pine or even oak.
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Wanted to add not to discount the useage of mahogany in a lot of the old furniture building. Furniture makers liked to use it in place of cherry because the similarity of the grain and the absence of sapwood in the boards. (That's the light colored grain wood in a lot of the cherry. A lot of it was dyed to match the darker grain before staining & finishing)

I have some black walnut from some 8-10" diameter trees. I have yet to find a person who could identify it accurately with the dark grain cut out. Black oak is another interesting species.
There is a huge black walnut tree across the street from me. iF it ever falls over,I'm getting out the chainsaw, cha ching.
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I have about 20 of them surrounding my property. All are over 24" in diameter. Pain in the butt with all the walnuts falling every year but we have some real happy squirrels!

Had some tree service stop by, unsolicited, and offer to take them all out, no charge to me. Told them I wanted 60% of what they got for the wood. Never heard back from them.
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