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Curly wood ID
« on: April 11, 2021, 09:14:35 PM »
One of my regulars called today and wanted to know if I could plane some sycamore planks he was using for a table.  When he arrived, he had 5 - 10/4x10" by 8' planks that he had purchased from some unknown guy who told him they were sycamore.  These things were extremely heavy, and didn't look like sycamore.  Looked and acted more like oak but I've never seen oak with this much curl.  Your opinion?

Appears to have rays...

Each of the boards had curl

Assuming this qualifies as curl.
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Re: Curly wood ID
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2021, 09:43:04 PM »
The top pic looks like ash?
Whoop, just noticed the ray comment.
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Re: Curly wood ID
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2021, 09:44:32 PM »
I get Coastal Live Oak (Quercus Agrofolia) that looks identical to your close up photo. It is only about 1 in 1000 logs. What I do have I have veneered out, attached to a substrate and used for specialty novelty items such as boxes, guitar fronts, gifts, etc. Not sure where you are located, but the Live Oak on the West Coast where I am at (Crysolepsis and Agrofolia) compared to Midwest and eastern are VERY different looking. People out here stay clear of the Live Oaks and I've generated a pretty good business milling the heck out of them. :D
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Re: Curly wood ID
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2021, 08:14:56 AM »
Certainly oak.  I have had curl like that in one exceptional white oak that I sawed and dried.
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Re: Curly wood ID
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2021, 04:23:40 PM »
I bought white oak a few years ago to build a bed and one board had curl just like that.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2021, 02:55:47 PM »
I'd go with White Oak for now. The bottom picture is a ringer based on color? Not sycamore, IMO. 
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