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.
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’?
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.