Wood / tree identification

Matt Furjanic

Matt
Senior User
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I’m fairly good at identifying Long grain woods, But I’m not sure about this end grain piece. Maybe Red Oak would be my best guess, but just a guess. I would suspect you sawyers might have a more accurate description. Anyway, it turned out pretty nice, and I was surprised by the rays emitting from the center. Also if you look very closely at the very center, there are a couple of very small natural 5-point stars! Can anyone identify this?
 

sawman101

Bruce Swanson
Corporate Member
Chestnut comes to my mind, but totally a guess--it's been said, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste." And I feel wasted, even after drinking the whole pot this morning.
 

sawman101

Bruce Swanson
Corporate Member
After looking at my kitchen cabinets for a minute, my second, and a better guess is a variety of white oak. There are over 400 varieties of white oak according to many experts, and some of those varieties can be quite dark, and I think could be categorized as BLACK OAK. The finish is a clear lacquer.
 

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Jeff

Jeff
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Post some pictures of the bark. My guess is a type of red oak because of the darker (and reddish) heartwood, but the bark would be a better way to guess.
 
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smallboat

smallboat
Corporate Member
those stars are amazing. The whole is quite striking.
what are you going to do with it?
 

Steve Martin

Steve Martin
Senior User
I understand that NC State has a Forestry Program, a faculty member of which, can probably identify this wood. 919-513-0085 is a possible phone number.
 

Matt Furjanic

Matt
Senior User
Here is Black Oak bark for comparison.


I meant to ask what is this project for? Is there epoxy on it?
Yes, I used bar top epoxy. Not sure what to do with it. My initial thought was to make a table for a plant. But the finish turned out so nice and the piece is so interesting, I cannot have a plant hiding it. Any ideas? I just might hang it on my workshop wall and admire it from time to time...
 

awldune

Sam
User
Personally, I would hang it on my living room wall if I could figure out a good way to hang it. It looks great :)
 

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