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    Wood ID

    I've been milling some different woods for an item I'm carving on my CNC so I'll have a variety for some family and friends. So far, I've milled some mahogany, cherry, maple and ??? The ??? is what I thought was walnut since it was stashed with some other walnut. It was about 1.125" thick, so I re-sawed it to salvage some thin pieces before planing it down to the 5/8" I want. Before re-sawing, one side looked like some of the other walnut I have and one side was a bit lighter. After milling, I got what you see below. These are two pieces about 12" long by 5.5" wide; first photo is one side, second is the other side. They are sequential cross cuts from the board that was about 6' long.

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    As you can probably see, it has some curl or tiger stripe. These photos are bare wood - nothing applied as yet.

    What do I have here?
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    i'm thinking maple
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    me too,

    With the tiger effect and lightish color - I was thinking Maple

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    I dunno, its fairly red for maple... at least the maple around here (maybe some of the eastern maple is redder?)

    What does the end of the board look like?

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    Best guess from here is maple also.
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    Thanks, guys. All of the maple I've worked with down here has been very light in color; some almost white. Since you guys said maple, I started looking at photos online of various maple varieties and I see a definite correlation to some of them.
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    I've seen some maple that has that appearance before also.
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    I have used a lot of maple and once I bought some "soft maple" and it looked very similar to that.Click image for larger version. 

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    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    I have used a lot of maple and once I bought some "soft maple" and it looked very similar to that.
    I read about doing a fingernail test, so I tried that. I can leave an impression with my thumbnail, so I'm going with soft maple now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    I read about doing a fingernail test, so I tried that. I can leave an impression with my thumbnail, so I'm going with soft maple now.
    Personally, I question the designations of 'hard' or 'soft' as really referring to the hardness of the wood. I have soft maple here I have made tools from. The stuff is nearly as hard as Osage Orange.
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