Hi Wood lovers – I came upon some “trash” wood with some casters attached (not sure what it once was) discarded in a dumpster behind a renovator’s shop destined for the landfill, but fate would have other plans for it. The wood seemed in great shape with some good character beneath, so I rescued it, bundled it up, and rode it home on my bicycle (yes, thats right).
When I got it home and sanded it down, I was AMAZED at the figure of these boards. Problem is I couldn’t figure out what species it is (see what I did there), and it soon drove me mad (not stark raving, but close).
I hand sanded down a portion of the most striking board to 400 grit and rubbed it lightly with Watco rejuvinating oil to show the gorgeous grain pattern. Wow!
(**Pic above has been changed after I remembered I used an instagram filter on the previous one, which really doesnt help the identification process, sorry guys. This is the original image)
I became so caught up in identifying this wood, as some of you may have seen my forum topic on this, that I neglected the wood itself, leaving it in its gnarly found condition for weeks.
Everyone was really helpful on the forums: suggestions ranged from Black Locust/Honey Locust to Osage Orange or a tropical variety, Lauan (Meranti/Phillipine Mahogany). I’m not certain what it is and due to my discovery of this band of deep orange in another of the boards from the same lot, im now more confused. Recent comments suggest meranti/lauan, and rule out osage orange.
I cleaned up another couple of boards to see that we may be dealing with 2 species of wood here anyway.
I have it in my mind to turn this into a tabletop. I’m really excited to get a replacement hook & loop pad for the Makita 5” orbital sander (it fell apart on me one early summer afternoon, it was quite old), and the Black & Decker sandstorm locked up (don’t buy this POS), so I did it all by hand.
Hand sanding, if you’re not used to it, is a great workout. Make sure your doors and windows are open, for dust sure, but more because you WILL be sweating. But I did notice a distinct lack of gouges in the wood from using the power tools to sand, and I was pleased with the results. Very pleased.
Check out the wavy grain pattern – I was so stoked to uncover this:
Stay tuned for further progress, and PLEASE, if you have a definitive answer as to what species I may be dealing with, let me know.
-Joseph, Lake Forest, CA
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram