It is no secret that I push the limits of 'frugal'... almost earning the status of cheap.
I was perusing the surplus auction website a few months back and saw a listing for solid wood table tops. The description said "Lot of 18 table (10 are 41 1/2x 24", 2 each are 42" round, 6 are 24"x24" square. solid wood and need to be refinished." I asked the staff at the community college responsible for the auction and they said the tops were almost 2 inches thick, and very heavy.
I rolled the dice, put in a bid and was the only bidder. I took the truck down to Charlottesville and we loaded them up in the rain. They were dark wood, REALLY heavy, and stuck together by old varnish and gum residue. They have been sitting stacked in the garage for a few months as I waited for time to play with them.
I chucked an old saw blade in the saw, as I didn't know if there was metal, MDF cores, or something else inside of these pieces. I ripped off the bull nose and was excited to see solid wood. I set the fence to 12-1/2 inches and made another cut right on what looked to be a glue joint. The saw was not happy as it chewed through the top. Solid wood, and clear.
Off to the planer after slathering the top with Goo Gone to try to make it less sticky. a skim cut revealed some really pretty lumber. Feeling pretty happy about this purchase! There are a couple of bolt holes in the bottom center, but most of the wood will be usable. Just glad it didn't end up in the landfill!
I can't tell if it is a type of maple, oak or other hard wood, but it is a nice looking wood.