Last week, swmbo placed an order for some furniture. End result? A
trip to kettle-moraine with a u-haul trailer. I returned with 2 sheets
of 3/4 baltic birch, 2 sheets of 1/2 baltic birch, 2 sheets of 1/4
maple ply, 120 board-feet ot hickory, and 110 board-feet of hard maple.
I kept the lumber separate in the trailer, but some had to be turned
diagonally to fit in the 12' long trailer! Also, some of it moved
around on the way home. While pulling it out, I was a bit worried at
one point because there were a few boards that I couldn't tell apart.
I ended up looking at the markings they put on the boards while rating
them. Seemed like they used different marking schemes for different
species. The also used different color paints on the endgrain when
So if I didn't have this way to cheat, how could I have identified them
as hickory or hard maple? Some of the boards looked very different. I
think in some cases, the grain pattern looks different. But for the
boards in question, they looked identical to me. Is there some sort of
test I can apply or characteristic I can look for just in case my
assumption about the markings turns out to be false? I'd hate to
discover at finish time that I mixed them up on the same project.