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Another Puzzler – Identify The Wood In This Dresser

dresser grain Another Puzzler   Identify The Wood In This Dresser

Take a look at this dresser and give me your best guesses on the type of wood used in this piece.  Answer will follow in the next posting.

dresser grain Another Puzzler   Identify The Wood In This Dresser

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  • Tom Webster - December 5, 2008

    It appears to be quarter-sawn white oak, but since this is a “mystery” it must not be. If it is some kind of quarter-sawn “exotic” we would need more detailed pictures to tell the species.

  • james conrad - December 5, 2008

    agrees, it looks like quarter sawn oak but difficult to tell from pic

  • drew49 - December 5, 2008

    Sassafras? Some of this wood or Tulip Tree wood (yellow poplar) was used to make furniture in the Golden Oak period. Or is this piece “grain-painted?”

  • John Hutchinson - December 5, 2008

    Very Clever John, part. the photo itself. The piece in question is poplar, or white pine, with a vinegar overpaint, with a nice patina to boot. Excellent grain paint job, however, a bit ‘over the top.’ Looks like the handiwork of the person who did my front door. Do I have to split the winnings with ‘drew49’?
    John, RVR

  • Frank - December 6, 2008

    Yep, grain painted. Not uncommon.

  • RareVictorian - December 6, 2008

    First time I had seen someone do Quartersawn Oak graining. Seen Rosewood and Maple but not this.

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