It is common today for many people who own furniture not to know what kind of wood their furniture is made of. Often it is very difficult to determine what kind of wood the furniture is made of if it is not clearly labeled with the furniture. Maria,the wood you are talking about could easily be from one of the acacia trees,I think there are a couple of types and I know them from the SF bayarea. We live in Germany but are from Ohio and I would find it amusing that this barrel could be made of Ohio wood. If I had to limit my guesses to hardwoods that would be common to furniture makers in that area and time.
Black walnut is very dark, and many craftsmen would stain lighter walnut pieces to look darker, all a bit of artwork, since the wood is purple when it is newly planed. Was any US or European furniture maker known to craft such sly images into their furniture. Birch is a common hardwood that is used in all aspects of furniture construction. My guess is mahogany, but I’d like to be sure before searching out the replacement wood. The Wood Database is one place trying to put together a list of attributes from all known woods.
For instance: many older houses with solid hardwood floors have commonly used either Red Oak or Hard Maple ; many antique furniture pieces have featured quartersawn White Oak ; many violins have Spruce tops; many closet items used Aromatic Red Cedar , and so forth. Will send you finished product pic and confirmation from re-finisher of wood and period it is from. Hardwoods will have tubular cells called vessels that are visible as pores in the wood.
All the wood species have a particular look” that furniture makers in the past copied from each other, like old oak furniture is either a very dark brown, or a honey color, but it starts out very light or pinkish (white oak & red oak). Carrie – you (and others) haven’t quite gotten the idea on submitting a photo that shows the GRAIN of the wood. Before 1900, most furniture was made with woods like walnut, oak, mahogany, rosewood, fruitwoods, and rare wood veneers and inlays were in commonly used. Maple is an educated guess for the purpose you’ve stated, strong, heavy, dense wood. I do wish people would get in CLOSER to the wood with the photos, like macrophotography.
Bookend matching means when the panels making up the front of your piece were shaved into veneers from the original block of wood, the carpenter took two pieces that were facing each other (like pages in a book) and joined their edges together in the middle of the drawer, so that left and right sides are mirror images of each other. The Bible on this topic is R. Bruce Hoadley’s Identifying Wood: Accurate Results with Simple Tools , where he teaches you to ID 180 different breeds of hardwoods, softwoods and tropicals using your eyes and a loupe or microscope.
Assuming it is a real wood veneer with a distinct grain and texture—and not merely a piece of printed plastic—you may still be able to identify the outer veneer wood in question, but you should still realize that is it only a veneer and not a solid piece of wood. Your wood looks like mahogany, which is not always red – However, being from Austrialia, it could be a variety of eucalyptus (lyptus for short) that is being sold nowdays out of South America.
I grant you, such a book would be a carpenter’s dream to have, especially for a new and budding would be carpenter; and not to leave out that creating such a book would be rather thick (unless the creator of such a book breaks it up into several books based on ‘softwood, hardwood, etc. This website provides information that addresses formaldehyde concerns with laminate flooring and information on the formaldehyde standards for composite Wood Product’s Act.
A wooden surface is captured by a smartphone camera with the developed Android application, and the image is transmitted to the server side which computes the advanced multispectral Markovian textural features 1 and finds the most similar wood species from its database. Assuming there is no stain, finish, or preservative on or in the wood, quickly sand, saw, or otherwise machine a section of the wood in question, and take a whiff of the aroma. Walnut has traditionally been used for fine furniture and is still in demand today.
Methods used for the identification of wood including keys, tables, atlases, computer systems and comparison with authenticated material. Another test done often done on small items is the hot needle test, which will easily tell the diference between wood and say plastics. Density and hardness are closely related, so if the wood is heavy, it will most likely be hard too. The opening chapters are an easy to understand read and the pictures/descriptions of the different types of wood are excellent. Scientists in Kew’s Jodrell Laboratory study wood anatomy using light and electron microscopes.
Extensive use of the reference collection of microscope slides (Jodrell Laboratory) and a tour of the wood collection (Museum of Economic Botany). I just made a little shelf in my kitchen using some reclaimed cut off from a place I volunteered at. Not sure what type of wood I used. I know it may not be possible, but a clear, sanded, closeup view of an endgrain surface would go a long way in IDing this wood. Examine the color of the wood Most hardwood, such as mahogany, is dark in color, while lighter wood, such as pine, is a light colour.
While it’s not a 100% guarantee, profiling” the wood in question will help reduce the number of possible suspects, and aid in deducing the correct species. If there is even a chance that the color isn’t natural, the odds are increased that the entire effort of identifying the wood will be in vain. Furniture woods are chosen and valued for the character of their grain and color.
We’re trying to sell off some inherited furniture of unknown provenance and would greatly appreciate help identifying the type of wood used to build this table. According to the Trees and Wood site, they reflect what you would see with a 10-12x magnification hand lens. Although difficult to directly communicate, with enough firsthand experience scents can become a memorable and powerful means of wood identification. The wood is a light red, with light streaks and knots and the grain is beautiful.
This is a great article and as custom furniture makers it’s important to educate the client about the quality of the material that’s being used in the pieces of furniture they are purchasing and what exactly they are getting for their money. Without this book as a supplement to the regular textbook for the class, I don’t know if I would have passed! On May 22nd, 2007, a thread 3 was posted on the community website FARK requesting photoshops of the book cover.
The use of certain wood species can also help us understand historical wood trading routes, market tendencies and fashion trends. For exterior projects, you’re much more limited to the woods you can use; plus, that thing would be very heavy if you used a denser wood. Perhaps no other technique for accurate identification of wood is as helpful and conclusive as the magnified examination of the endgrain. There are tips on sources, as well as on how to select and prepare the wood to bring out the most desired grain patterns.