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Offline JELL

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Help ID this wood. Please.
« on: January 27, 2017, 01:25 PM »
I purchased my first Festools, TS55 and CT36, about a year and a half a go and my collection continues to grow.  I have added a Domino, RO 125 and MFT3.  I am now looking at the OF1400 with the LR32 and a ETS EC 125.  Thanks to FOG I have been able to research each purchase to make sure the tools are right me.

With the addition of Festools my confidence and skills continue to grow and I am about to undertake my largest and most complex project. I am designing, using SketchUp, a built in bookcase and desk for my living room.  The photo below is an example I found online of the materials I would like to use.  I think the burl is English Walnut however I am not sure what the frame/case is. Any ideas?  Thanks.

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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Help ID this wood. Please.
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 01:46 PM »
GO here, get a real wood identification kit:

Here is a post I wrote back in 2008 on the router forums and it still holds up well, I think the links work too, Scroll down to dovetail_65.:

You need to cut a sliver so I can see cleanly cut end grain and mail or email it to me. I can use a 10 times loupe and check the end grain against my books  of 10,000 woods end grain pics if you like.

You can do this yourself. This is the only true way to know the wood species, the end grain shows like a thumbprint.

You can buy a kit that teaches wood identification with samples, a loupe and and instruction to practice with. Or just buy a loupe from amazon. Do not get fooled by the kits where they send you samples of wood face grain veneers(which are useful for other purposes), you need a kit with samples of the end grain for identification.

This kit above linked above is nice and can be fun to do with the kids too, you just use the razor. But dont forget the key, this is the hardwood key link, they offer a softwood key as well.:

Below are a few walnuts, cut the end grain, look through a loupe and match it. There are places online that have thousands you can check against. But getting a kit from the place I linked above  and practicing is the best way and fun too!:

American Black Walnut

Claro Walnut

Peruvian walnut

english walnut

Here is the best website for wood  identification I know of:

« Last Edit: January 27, 2017, 02:09 PM by Dovetail65 »
The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.

Offline Retired Chippy

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Re: Help ID this wood. Please.
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 02:40 PM »
The darker wood looks like a light colored, possibly even tinted plain sawn black walnut. The lighter colored wood appears to be soft maple burl veneer or just figured veneer.

Do you have a link to where you found this picture on the internet?
« Last Edit: January 27, 2017, 03:05 PM by Retired Chippy »

Offline JELL

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Re: Help ID this wood. Please.
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 03:00 PM »
I did a quit a bit of internet searching for information based on the photo. What I think was its original location was an architectural firms webpage and it provided no information.