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Blog entry by gator9t9 posted 05-27-2008 12:53 AM 925 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this the other day ….It was outside the gates of a Trucking firm warehouse …I think it was broken up pallets from far away places …South America or Asia …
so i grabbed as much as i could get in the rain and mud and should have got more …but was not dressed for wood gathering ….excuses excuses excuses !!!
Anyway ….I do not know what kinda wood it is …and i need all my LJ friends wood brains to tell me what you
think this wood is …..
Thanks ….

This is the wood in boards

another in boards
unknown wood

here it is worked as a letter opener

unknown wood in letter opener form

letter opener

letter opener

thanks all

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."



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gator9t9

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#1 posted 05-27-2008 01:07 AM

Unknown Wood ...in boards

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#2 posted 05-27-2008 01:23 AM

Disclaimer: I am NOT a wood species specialist. But to me the unfinished wood looks like some brazilian cherry I purchased on EBay.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 05-27-2008 02:33 AM

I agree it looks like brazillian cherry, aka jatoba, to me.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-27-2008 02:43 AM

Whatever it is, you scored. How pretty!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#5 posted 05-27-2008 03:01 AM

Brazillian Cherry…... 2

all the rest ….nil

before i worked it ..and sanded it ..it was lighter….then inside it is darker and then the only thing i finished it with was walnut oil ….from Safeway …6.99 a small bottle …

I keep looking at it and it looks so much like a relative of a dark Mahogany.

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#6 posted 05-27-2008 03:09 AM

Did it dull your tools?
How was it to work with?
It is nice looking wood and it does finish nicely, the grain really popped.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#7 posted 05-27-2008 03:13 AM

Ed …Hey Ed …up in Edmonds huh ….Hello

On the dulling of tools question ….i only used the bandsaw and sander …as i resawed a thin piece off and then cut to length and then it was really simple to sand to shape and voila ….so no dulling ….
Tho come to think of it i did cut some on my miter saw ..only a few cuts …have not cut anything else so have not noticed any dulling …

thanks for the nice words …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#8 posted 05-27-2008 03:14 AM

The letter opener looks like red oak. A good old American staple wood. Used for pallets a lot.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 05-27-2008 03:23 AM

Wow Karson ….....Wow is all i can say …
I did not expect anyone to suggest red oak …hmmmmmmmmmmm

The color of this wood is really RED Mahogany RED …as RED as MIN-WAX GEL STAIN Red MAhogany …but I have to admit the grain pattern resembles oak …

But i am 61 yrs old and never seen any Oak this red …and those boards do not look like oak …

Karson do you have any dark bright red oak in your collection ….I would love to compare …

thanks .I was afraid Brazillian Cherry was gonna score a hat trick and a shutout …

my assumption was this was from pallets from afar …......ASIA or South America …These pieces were attached, nailed to other lighter color wood …all of it was hard as be jeesus …took some sweat to get the nails out on Sat morning …

Thanks all .. keep the ideas coming in …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#10 posted 05-27-2008 04:11 AM

The letter opener definitely looks like red oak.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 05-27-2008 04:12 AM

I have seen this wood before from crates that granite slabs are shipped in from India.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#12 posted 05-27-2008 04:16 AM

Hey John …thanks for your comments …..I used to live in Rancho Cordova …40 yrs ago …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#13 posted 05-27-2008 04:48 AM

cool wood, my first though was that is too orange. but then i looked at a piece in my house and mine too is a redish orange. so maybe it is brazilin cherry

-- mjhaines

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#14 posted 05-27-2008 10:14 AM

I really have a feeling every one is right about Brazilian Cherry. Two other possabilitys if it has a spicey odor when you machine it, then it’s most likely Santos Mahogany, we have been getting some real crappy teak that looks like that its no good for furniture as far as I’ve seen so far. So I could see it getting used as dunnage.
Mike we will have to get together sometime seen as we live so far from one another. I was talking to another LJ today and offered to take a look at something for him seen as he had listed living in Seattle, turns out he lives here in Edmonds. It’s really a small world isn’t it. By the way are you going to be attending the picnic next month?
Talk with you later,

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#15 posted 05-27-2008 05:05 PM

I was going to say oak before reading any of the comments… never seen any of it that red but the grain pattern looks like oak.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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