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Jan 25th, 2017 at 5:54pm
 
Was working at a site today and we ripped down two trees.  We cut the wood up and split it between me and my buddy.  I brought  back about double what is in the truck.  I'm sure one of them is black locust buy I'm using sure about the other.  The wood with the light heartwood and yellow sapwood is extremely heavy.  Should be good for some projects.  I unloaded it and painted the ends with titebond.
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Reply #1 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 6:32am
 
I friend of mine looked at the wood and said that neither of those are black locust.  He said the one with the darker sapwood is definately cherry while the other he's not sure.  Maybe hackberry.  To me the bark kind of looks like oak but since it's significantly lighter in weight than the cherry I don't think it's oak.
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Reply #2 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 9:40am
 
Its difficult to ID wood with an image like that.

We need close up images of side grain, bark and leafs.

Location also helps.

That said, maybe maple?
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Reply #3 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 5:16pm
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Jan 26th, 2017 at 9:40am:
Its difficult to ID wood with an image like that.

We need close up images of side grain, bark and leafs.

Location also helps.

That said, maybe maple?

Unfortunately this forum limits images to 75kb which is pretty much useless for showing detail.

Regardless, I think we have identified it as Sassafras.
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Reply #4 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 5:45pm
 
Pat White wrote on Jan 26th, 2017 at 5:16pm:
Unfortunately this forum limits images to 75kb which is pretty much useless for showing detail.

Sorry, but not true. 75k is quite enough for detail.

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Pat White wrote on Jan 26th, 2017 at 5:16pm:
I think we have identified it as Sassafras.

Does it smell like root beer?

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Reply #5 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 6:18pm
 
Sassafras trees grow from 935 m (30115 ft) tall with many slender sympodial branches, and smooth, orange-brown bark or yellow bark.

Based on that bark description, your wood doesn't look like sassafras.
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Reply #6 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 8:08pm
 
This is the best I can do for an image.  I did not try to smell the wood although I've smelled Sassafras leaves before.  The o e other things g I can tell you about this tree is that the young branches were green and very soft and flexible.  Almost reminded me of some of the garbage wood you see near rivers like tree of heaven or sumac.
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Reply #7 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 8:19pm
 
Pin oak?
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Reply #8 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 8:23am
 
The sassafrass I have dealt with has much darker bark, and much more deeply fissured.  It looks like a small hickory, maybe pignut, or an ash.

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Reply #9 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 9:17am
 
Bruce Hoadley's Wood Identification book is excellent with many magnified pictures of growth rings and cells, but is NOT a guide key to quickly narrow in.
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Reply #10 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 12:24pm
 
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Reply #11 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 3:44pm
 
That is end grain, side grain would be a whole lot better.

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Reply #12 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 5:02pm
 
Basswood ?
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Reply #13 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 6:17pm
 
Nope. Not Basswood.

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Reply #14 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 7:57pm
 
Pat White wrote on Jan 26th, 2017 at 5:16pm:
Unfortunately this forum limits images to 75kb which is pretty much useless for showing detail.


If you want to show a high resolution picture you may email it to me. I will put it on my picture hosting site and post the link here. PM me if interested.
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