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 Post subject: Got Wood, What Wood?
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I'm hoping to restore an old "cast end" bench that we picked up on ebay.
Trouble is, i'm not sure what species i'm dealing with. I've attached some photos
of some of the original pieces, which hopefully, someone here may help identify.
I do believe it is a hardwood, but that's as far as i know.


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American White ash would be my guess


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Hard to make out the colour. As said could be ash but if its a bit more orange it may be sweet chestnut


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+1 for ash.


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It doesn't look orangy to me, but it does have a slight red tint. Prob not that helpful sorry.

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Is that the cover of Atom Heart Mother?

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You say it's cast end bench. Has it been outside in the elements? It could be teak!


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It does look similar to Sweet Chestnut (as mentioned above) but I don't think it's quite there. if it's quite a recently made bit of cast, the most likely candidate will be some of the Acacia or Robinia species now being used across Europe and Asia as plantation hardwood for outdoor furniture. Good stuff, but not very well regarded in this country and not really available by name.

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It certainly looks like it has lived out in the elements for some time. Anyways, i'll get back to you with some photos of the bench after this dreadful rain has abated.

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Back with some photos of our bench. Although it's hard to tell the wood inserts in the back rest do have a slight chamfer. Would i be correct in thinking that these were cut on a scroll saw with either a tilting blade or table? being able to reproduce these kinda really appeals to me :D


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I will stick with teak. If the slats have not rotted outside clearly not ash


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Beau wrote:
I will stick with teak. If the slats have not rotted outside clearly not ash

I'm afraid the seat slats have indeed rotted, to the point of crispy duck.

Does this mean it could be American white ash? ...can teak be that white?

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I will stick with teak. If the slats have not rotted outside clearly not ash

I'm afraid the seat slats have indeed rotted, to the point of crispy duck.

Does this mean it could be American white ash? ...can teak be that white?


If they are white I don't think it can be. I couldn't make out from your first pictures if the wood was white or it was just taken in bright light and a darker wood. Very odd choice of wood to use ash for an outside bench unless it was never intended to be used outside. Teak can be quite light but never seen it white unless bleached but the sun but that would have come off with you sanding it. The lightest I have seen teak is a pale beach sand colour.


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