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William Duffield
I think you are confused between tupelo (black gum) and sweet gum (sap wood) or red gum (heartwood) of Liquidamber styraciflua.

Except for the interlocked grain, sweet gum works a lot like maple. Back in the early 20th century, they made a lot of furniture with it, after perfecting factory processes for sanded surface prep and heavy staining. I've repaired some pieces. With the exception of the expected failed dowel joinery, the wood is quite suitable for furniture.

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