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    Wood and lumber guys , what kinda wood is this?

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ID:	186682We got this heavy pallet in the at work that our steel comes in on and noticed the unusual grain pattern on it any guess what it is ? Click image for larger version. 

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    could be maple.
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    Hard to tell the color of the heart wood but look's like purple heart, is it a purple color?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyb View Post
    Hard to tell the color of the heart wood but look's like purple heart, is it a purple color?
    I added a closer pic Purple ? Don't think but I'm color blind so not sure what color things truely are.
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    could be Sycamore with all the flecks

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    could be oak as well...especially if it is used for hauling steel. I have a table with quarter sawn oak with the same grain pattern. Click image for larger version. 

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    Coming in from overseas - I'm guessing Rubberwood. Very hard, strong, light colored, with a rowed grain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Smith View Post
    Coming in from overseas - I'm guessing Rubberwood. Very hard, strong, light colored, with a rowed grain.
    noooooooo it's all US steel coils are slit galzanized and sheeted and then put on timber pallets the entire process in sourced local in the western pa (Pittsburgh ) region a local lumber mill makes the pallets so the wood is cut local also so its Pa Ohio or WVa trees
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    Looks like Sycamore to me
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    HI RU

    This is a very rough question.

    The darker heart wood and lighter sap wood there are only two in western PA that come to mind. Cherry and walnut, walnut with steel in the tree???

    The light wood looks like maple but they are both hard to see. Send me some pics and maybe able to ID. I have cut a lot of firewood over the last 40 years. Darn I'm getting old or starting to.

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    It looks like a pallet that shouldn't be thrown away or left out on the loading dock, is what it looks like. Save that wood! You'll find a use for it.
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    Might be some work ,but source it back . Find out who made the pallet. Looks nice though. I'm always looking at different woods and grains to find the perfect setting of grips for my 1911s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy (punchie) View Post
    HI RU

    This is a very rough question.

    The darker heart wood and lighter sap wood there are only two in western PA that come to mind. Cherry and walnut, walnut with steel in the tree???

    The light wood looks like maple but they are both hard to see. Send me some pics and maybe able to ID. I have cut a lot of firewood over the last 40 years. Darn I'm getting old or starting to.

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    thank you for your offer but I do believe it is indeed sycamore. I googled sycamore board picture and am almost certain that's what it is .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldogger View Post
    It looks like a pallet that shouldn't be thrown away or left out on the loading dock, is what it looks like. Save that wood! You'll find a use for it.
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    Ha I put a save for me tag on it yesterday when I found it . I'm thinking I have a knife that needs some new scales at home ! It's a shame though how much nice hardwood I see on all those pallets . That timber in the pic is 4x4 x10' long if only it was wide enough for a rifle stock it be real nice .

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    Looks like the light one may be maple

    The darker one looks like a cheap water stained 2x4 you find at home depot.

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    Hi...

    I would bet it is oak.
    When I ran a receiving dock for a boiler manufacturer some years ago, all the sheet steel, plate steel and boiler tubes came in on flat bed trucks with oak blocking.

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    The lite color wood looks like sycamore no guess on the darker woods, it could be almost any species. Just can't see the detail in it. At any rate that's a nice score. With the color and grain figure it would make some very attractive segmented turned bowls.

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    Ohhhh the lower timber I didn't even notice it was in the pic yeah that's just oak with a strip of moisture barrier paper on top of it was wondering about the upper one
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    Top one is white oak the bottom one is black Walnut. I think. If I could smell a shaving I could be sure. But my smellivision is still broke.

    The walnut looks like a small tree, if you look at the bottom of it the sapwood , the light part, is probably very thin.

    Its common to use small trees for pallets. Too small to saw good boards out of.
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