Wood Species #1: Name This Wood

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Rick (schlemoe, Roseburg OR) placed a picture of a piece of wood on the Projects page and asked for help in identifing it. At last count we had 26 comments trying to help identify it. We had some real interesting thoughts posted. So, I thought I would post a picture of a piece of wood and see how many correct identifications we could log. The difference in this case is I DO KNOW WHAT IT IS. Let’s just test our wood identification knowledge. This should be an easy one for you.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 1481 days ago

Yellow Poplar, really no idea I am bad at figuring out species.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 1481 days ago

The texture of this piece looks like mahogany to me, but the color isn’t quite right. Still mahogany would be my guess. As to which specific type of mahogany, I have no idea.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 1481 days ago


-- Doug...

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#4 posted 1481 days ago


-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#5 posted 1481 days ago

Need more info. What’s it smell like when you cut it?

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John Ormsby

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#6 posted 1481 days ago

Ipe , (possibly myrtlewood)

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#7 posted 1481 days ago

Looks like oak to me

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 1481 days ago

How hard and heavy is it? Without knowing that my best guess is Monkey Pod.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#9 posted 1481 days ago

GREAT! thread idea! Love it.

I have no useful idea – I know that it does not look like any wood I’ve handled recently.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#10 posted 1481 days ago

looks like Butternut.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 1481 days ago

Looks like wood….....................Schloemoe I;d guess myrtle wood

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#12 posted 1481 days ago

My guese would be “Blue Mahoe”

I have some and it looks real close, texture and color.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 1481 days ago

looks like mango but I prefer spalted jatoba… how many guesses we might try…. the third I have is teak but the grain is so coarse.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 1481 days ago

OK, you folks seem to be all over the map so here is a little help;

This wood ranges in color from light to reddish brown to deep mahogany red-brown with a striking figure created by beautiful, bold, brown to nearly black irregular markings or striping. The texture is fine to medium and uniform, with a fine grain, varying from straight to interlocked and wavy. In spite of its high density, this wood turns readily, carves well, finishes very smoothly, and takes a beautiful natural polish. The wood is rated highly durable and has strength values considerably higher than any well-known U.S. species (HINT).

A couple of folks have suggested myrtlewood and in my color blind eye I agree that it’s appearance is simular to myrtlewood but is much harder then myrtlewood. Hope this doesn’t give it away. I will cut a piece and tell you what it smells like.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#15 posted 1481 days ago

Marblewood ??


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