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What Wood Is That?

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Still no clue, take a closer look

Still no clue, take a closer look

Still no clue, take a closer look

When a strange wood's color, grain, and scent fail to name it, examine its fingerprint. Professionals turn to their microscopes for a close-up look. Yet, a hand lens of 10X magnification, available at jewelry stores and from opticians, lets anyone do practically the same thing. This type of investigation, however, requires a look at a freshly cut section of end grain.

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