|(this one is stripped, but not yet sanded)|
Isn't that pretty? I'm an idiot. What I thought was dark wood turns out to be just a stain job so old that it really didn't look like a stain job anymore. Is it walnut? Redwood? Nope! It's YELLOW:
|mostly-sanded leg on the left, mostly-stripped at |
center, two legs I haven't done yet on the right
Hey, I never said I was a professional wood-identifier.
What I do know is that the wood is
- Yellow, with gray and reddish streaks in the grain
- Very soft - I can mar it deeply with just my fingernail
- Light - as big as the whole table is, I can pick it up easily, and I can balance these legs on a finger
- Odiferous! It smells kind of earthy and warm, and almost sweet - it reminds me of fireplaces and cookies baking. It's not a "loud" smell; I can only smell it when I put my nose right up to the wood.
If it was locally made, either by a single person or a local company, it could be either some type of elm, or hackberry. Both descriptions seem to fit better than anything else I've read; their pictures of the end-grain for American Elm matches these legs almost exactly.
Here's another question: is the top the same wood as the legs? I won't know until I get there.
Something else I noticed: while the legs are turned, they're not all one piece. Both finished legs are made from two pieces of wood sandwiched together lengthwise, then turned on a lathe. So not super high-end stuff, but maybe not cheap and mass-produced, either? I just don't know.
Not that it matters, anyway. I love this desk, and I can't wait to "meet" it when it's finished.
This is the kind of thing that I love about refurbishing old furniture. Every single piece is an adventure, or a mystery, or simply an...experience. (I'm looking at you, vanity table that smelled like dog pee when I sanded you).