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I am hoping for some advice. I received a call from someone that I buy reclaimed chestnut lumber from when he dismantles barns. He came across a barn full of maple and cherry lumber in a barn hwe was taking down. Here is my question, how can I tell the difference between hard and soft maple? I read, I believe in fine Woodworking, that you can put a liquid on them and it will turn each a different color. I can't remember what the liquid was nor what color each turned.
Also, is there a type of maple that looks like cherry? He said when he brought the lumber home some of it got mixed up and there seems to be some maple that looks like cherry.
Any advice would be appreciated.