Knife Block, please help ID wood...

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Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 1942 days ago 1386 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some may have heard, Buffalo suffered a tragic loss when a flight crashed into a single house back in February. I lost 5 good friends on that flight. We have spent the last couple of months mourning, counseling and moving forward. I recently cleaned out the wood pile of one of my friends and brought home two van fulls of various wood.

This is some of the wood to come out of the pile that I made into a knife block. I am at a loss as to what the wood is. I wish there was more of it. It is very hard and I am 90% sure it is Bocote. I am including both pictures of it finished and unfinished to help identify the wood.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rich, WNY,

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#1 posted 1942 days ago

4th picture looks more like Brazillian cherry ( jatoba)

-- Mike

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#2 posted 1942 days ago

Hmmm…doen’t look like the Bocote I’ve seen – it’s a light brown color with blackish growth rings. Hard to tell what else it might be.

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#3 posted 1942 days ago

I can’t say for sure what kind of wood this is ….. but it sure is beautiful…. It’ll be something you’ll always cherrish as a gift from your friend…..

Best wishes…


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#4 posted 1942 days ago

Definately not bocote. I use it quite a bit and it’s not red at all. I agree with Mike, it looks like jatoba

-- Patrick

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#5 posted 1942 days ago

Jatoba came to my mind as well.

Sorry for your loss. :(

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#6 posted 1942 days ago

I’ve used jatoba quite a bit…3rd and 4th pictures look exactly like the stock I have on hand and have used in the past. I agree with Patrick…I have a few pieces of bocote lying around…bocote doesn’t resemble this wood.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 1942 days ago

Ok, the pieces do have a definite reddish tinge to them. They turn browner as they go through the thickness planer…

Thanks all.

-- Rich, WNY,

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#8 posted 1942 days ago

Well done. I vote for Jatoba

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#9 posted 1942 days ago

I will have to agree it is brazillian cherry (Jatoba). BC has a Janka hardness rating about twice that of oak. The white spots in the wood are due to its silica content which make the wood hard on sawblades.

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#10 posted 1941 days ago

I’d vote for Jatoba … I’ve used Jatoba for a couple of toolboxes and a few swords … and have had very similar results

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#11 posted 1929 days ago

Looks like Jatoba aka Brazilian Cherry to me as well :) Compare the endgrain on your project to mine .

Sorry to hear about your friends .

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