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This came from a farmer friend of mine.  I didn't get to see any leaves.  I think he cut it down before it leafed out.  He told me he thought it was locust.  I think if it was honey locust it would have had thorns on the trunk.  Definitely not the bark of black locust.  I didn't see the rays until I blew up the picture.  Its really hard and heavy.  

 

 

 
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Re: I have no idea. It has medullary rays, but I doubt its oak.
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2021, 09:09:10 AM »
Looks like Honey Locust to me.

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Re: I have no idea. It has medullary rays, but I doubt its oak.
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2021, 01:35:03 PM »
Well, I reached out to Danny and he said it has to be in the white oak group, most likely Burr Oak.  
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2021, 03:19:46 PM »
Honeylocust 

There are hybrids that do not produce the thorns on the trunk.  

A good confirmation check would be to put a UV light on it.  Sapwood will turn blue, Heartwood yellow.

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2021, 04:54:43 PM »
According to wood database, honey locust has open pores.  The pores in this wood are definitely clogged with tyloses.  Other than that it looks identical to the end grain pic of honey locust on wood database.  Black locust has closed pores, but the bark is completely wrong for black locust.  Kentucky coffee tree is similar too, but again, open pores.  Could it be a hybrid?  I don't know.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2021, 05:01:58 PM »
Id go with Danny.  Bark looks a lot like the pin oak around here, but I dont have burr oak and I sure wouldnt bet against an expert. Bark is a bit like honey locust, but the end grain sure isnt.  Open it up and lets see whats inside!
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2021, 05:08:46 PM »
I'm sure Danny is right.  The log is sitting on the mill, but I won't be able to cut into it til next week.  I have to work a 72 hour shift starting tomorrow morn.
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2021, 09:07:47 PM »
 @btulloh  I milled it today.  I'd have to say Danny was in fact right.  It smells like oak.  Assuming it is Burr Oak, I want to mill more, because it is especially pretty.


 

 
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2021, 09:22:33 PM »
Purrdy stuff. A lot of character. 

Whatcha gonna do with it?
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2021, 09:25:10 PM »
I will dry it and then use it or sell it.
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2021, 09:32:50 PM »
It doesn't look like bur oak at all.
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Re: I have no idea. It has medullary rays, but I doubt its oak.
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2021, 06:58:37 AM »
After seeing the lumber pics, I agree, Barbender. 

I agree with thornless honeylocust.

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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2021, 07:50:14 AM »
Ok, we will settle on thornless honeylocust.  I did make one 6x6 out of the smaller log, so that may come in handy for personal use or I will sell it.  Thanks.
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2021, 07:53:58 AM »
After seeing the lumber pics, I agree, Barbender.  

I agree with thornless honeylocust.

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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2021, 11:08:54 AM »
Gosh, I hope people don't start tagging me for tree ID purposes!😂😂
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2021, 03:16:07 AM »
I didn't think it was oak after seeing the end grain. But didn't know what it was at that point. Not familiar with a lot of your wood down there, never see it up here. ;) Yet, I see radiata pine for doors and stair treads. Nice, no knots, but awfully soft for stairs. :/  I actually bought one tread and converted it into a corner shelf for the clock. :D :D
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2021, 03:21:23 AM »
Gosh, I hope people don't start tagging me for tree ID purposes!😂😂
I think Nathan mentioned it first so don't go getting too fat headed. :D :D
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