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    My late father-in-law harvested some wood from his property and sawed it up into rough planks. My husband is now cutting and planing it, and glueing it together to make a long desktop. (It is his first furniture project). We are not sure what type of hardwood it is, but think it is likely maple. Some of the pieces have a strange striped appearance across the grain. Is this a different wood species? I found some pictures of 'figured' wood grain online, like curly maple, tiger maple, etc., which look a bit like it. Can anyone identify it? And the non-striped wood? Thanks! Click image for larger version

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    Looks like beech and curly maple to me.

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      JMHO: I think it is all Beech.
      John
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      • #4

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        Originally posted by John@Hamilton View Post
        JMHO: I think it is all Beech.
        John
        That's kinda' that I thought too, but it's tough to say for sure when we aren't there to touch it and smell it.
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          Jennie... before the tabletop is glued together, I recommend that the pieces be laid out for a visual test of what the result will be. Personally, I find that if one board is obviously different in appearance from the others in what will be a large area the result will not be as pleasant as if all boards were similar. Roy
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          • #6

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            The center board is Maple IMO the year rings early and late wood show different than in Beech, the other boards are Beech for sure, it is the specks that give it away.

            A picture from Hobbit house Beech.

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            Leo Van Der Loo

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            • #7

              Re: Wood identification

              The middle board is a much different cut than the outer pieces. The outer ones look like beech. The middle one....likely beech, maybe curly maple.
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              • #8

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                Agree with Leo, middle board is Maple. Or possibly Birch.
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                • #9

                  Re: Wood identification

                  Middle board looks like soft maple (a combination of sapwood and heartwood) and I agree with the others the outer boards look like beech.

                  Good luck with the project.

                  Vince

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