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How do I determine what type of wood a board/plank is made from?

If nothing else The Wood Database exists solely for this purpose and has a great deal of information about all its woods in its database. The database contains picutres of all its known woods and ...
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What is "White Wood"?

White wood is the cheap, crappy wood available at home centers, and will vary by region. Here in Arizona, it's white pine.
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What is "White Wood"?

I suspect it is any cheap tree that is fairly white. 'White wood' is not a species. It is likely pine, but in theory could be balsam or aspen or a bunch of others. I did a little looking and it ...
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How do I determine what type of wood a board/plank is made from?

A large part is experience and comparison to known species. It gets easier if you can narrow it down to possible woods. However, pallets can literally be anything that made a board big enough. The ...
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What is "White Wood"?

That's a deliberate misuse of the poor tulip tree's name. White wood is Liriodendron tulipifera, a rather valuable hardwood (which funnily is not white at all). Insofar, calling the inexepensive ...
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What is "White Wood"?

In Canada anyways, you would also see it referred to as SPF - Spruce, Pine, Fir which is used as dimensional framing lumber.
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What wood for inexpensive door casing

"White wood" is not a specific species, rather it is whatever is available locally and inexpensive. Typically it will be pine, doug fir, spruce, etc. It should work fine. If you're doing complex ...
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Best wood species for extreme bends?

I suspect oak, ash, or some type of cedar. I believe it will always have been ash. European ash, Fraxinus excelsior, is one of the traditional coachbuilders' woods, valued for its strength and ...
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Best wood species for extreme bends?

You can bend most woods, some easier than others, but even the easier ones to work with can fail. Oak is one of the more common wood to use when bending so I would recommend that. I would strongly ...
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Best wood species for direct soil contact?

What is the best wood species for direct soil contact? The Forrest Products Laboratory has a lot of information on wood durability. Here is a chart from one of their reports titled "Above and in-...
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Kind of wood with deep brown streaks?

The image you have came from the Field Museum obviously. In trying to look for plans or a source as to what the floor was made of I found a "case study" from the manufacturer that talks about the wood ...
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Identifying tree species

Bruce Hoadley, "Identifying Wood: Accurate Results With Simple Tools" is my go-to when you just have a hunk of wood. However, your tree has neighbors with leaves/needles... it's very unlikely that it'...
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What is "White Wood"?

The meaning of "white wood" or "whitewood" may vary by region. In the UK, for example, it usually means timber primarily intended for "first-fix" use where it will not be visible when the work is ...
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Kind of wood with deep brown streaks?

Apparently it is a not a hard wood, but a synthetic bamboo plywood. The manufacturer, Intectural, describes it as: PlybooStrand uses strand technology to turn 100% rapidly renewable bamboo into a ...
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What wood for inexpensive door casing

If anyone is interested, I've experimented a bit and learned a little about the difference between conventional molding and wood boards. First, I found that Home Depot has finger-jointed primed pine ...
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What is "White Wood"?

There is a fast growing pine species called radiata pine that is grown in New Zealand that Home Depot sells. They sometimes mislabel it white pine but it not eastern white pine. Now they call it white ...
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How do I determine what type of wood a board/plank is made from?

Bruce Hoadley's Identifying Wood makes it much more of a Science than a guessing game. In fact, what Hoadley and other folks do with identification of wood species is admissible in court. FWIW.

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