Finally making the base for my bench, I have had a number of 4x6 or so
dunnage pieces that I had packed home thinking it was white oak, but
they sure don't look like the white oak board I have for a later
for a 5.5 meg tiff:
and the face side after the bandsaw
Fri, Jan 20, 2006, 3:24pm (EST+5) firstname.lastname@example.org (Leon)
Absolutely, it is Oak.
Free wood is always popular wood.
If you can't say anything nice about someone, you must be talking about
It may be live or willow oak. Live oak has an interlocking grain and
is difficult to split--a desirable trait for dunnage. Red oak splits
Some folks consider live oak to be red oak. Others divide oaks
into four groups, rather than two--red, white, live and willow, and
I suppose chestnut oak is another possibility.
Don't think it's white oak. Both red and white oaks have pores, but
white oak pores are blocked up.
Could be red oak (most likely) but it could also be chestnut or elm.
It's hard to tell from the end grain photo. If the rays are visible
then it's oak. These rays look a little skinny for oak though, but still
too visible for chestnut or elm.
I'd incline towards "some weird red oak". There are an awful lot of oaks
out there that aren't Q. alba or Q. rubra. They also hybridise easily,
so you can find local variants that just don't appear anywhere else.
Shoudl make a fine bench. Finishing is a it of a lottery with red oak,
some is great, some looks dull and ugly. Shouldn't be a problem for a
I agree - definitely looks like oak - some of those ray flecks are
really impressive, even from the end grain shot. I'd say definitely
not elm, almost definitely not chestnut. I'd probably also vote for
some type of red oak.
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