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Project by schloemoe posted 07-01-2010 11:18 PM 2251 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this isn’t a project but I need to know if anyone can tell me what kind of wood this is? It’s really pretty stuff and the pics don’t do it justice.I only have 1 piece about 3ft long and 1×4 maybe I can use it as inlay…...................Schloemoe

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 11:25 PM

The grain reminds me of red or purple heart. I am not very good at ID for lumber so its just a guess.

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 12:17 AM

It reminds me of African Mahogany, but I am not sure.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 07-02-2010 01:04 AM

looks like lacewood to me, sometimes called fishtail oak

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#4 posted 07-02-2010 01:09 AM

I do believe it is something call chontaquiro. I got a piece as part of a special offer from a mail order company.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 01:40 AM

looks like lacewood to me, wipe a good sized section with mineral spirits and post up another pic with it “wet”.

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#6 posted 07-02-2010 01:42 AM

Looks like Brazilian Cherry. When I was looking for hardwood flooring that was one of the species I was looking at. Google Brazilian cherry and see what it looks like.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 07-02-2010 01:45 AM

Hey Rick
In one shot it looks like ipe
If in doubt heres were I look.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 07-02-2010 01:47 AM

My first thought was lacewood too.

But Ellen’s guess doesn’t sound half bad after looking it up on the web. (Cause I had never heard of it before.)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 07-02-2010 01:55 AM

Rick – I don’t think it’s brazilian cherry or lace wood (grain isn’t busy enough for lace and something about it just doesn’t strike me as brazilian cherry). I would wager that it is a South American variety though. Slight possibility of ipe (brazilizn walnut, also called iron wood). We see a lot of ipe up here as flooring and decks. It is real tuff stuff and you need to pre-drill any nails or screws. Be aware though, slivers from those South American woods REALLY HURT and you’ll know immedately when you get one. If it is ipe, sanded to about 400 or more, it is fantasticly beautiful. Doesn’t glue very well either.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 07-02-2010 01:56 AM

I was typing when A1Jim typed in. That’s 2 for ipe.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#11 posted 07-02-2010 02:01 AM

I vote lacewood.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 07-02-2010 02:32 AM

Could be Mahogany.

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#13 posted 07-02-2010 03:12 AM

I was going to vote for a variety of rosewood. It looks a lot like some Bolivian Rosewood that I have. It is very pretty.

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

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#14 posted 07-02-2010 03:46 AM

I have the same kind of wood and I would post a picture of it when I get home. Mine is 1/4” thick and still strong. Definitely, it is not mahogany, or from any winter countries… It is a species of red Lauan from Philippines. You need to preserve it by rubbing some oil.. I use tung oil. The problem with this wood, it has plenty of liquid (water) when green and contracts a lot when dry. Yours looks seasoned already. I will make a jewelry box from this because it is nice to work specially in making dovetail. The grains are so close that it seldom tears out.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 07-02-2010 04:12 AM

I cant tell from the pictures very well, but my guess is african mahogany/sapele. Does it have “ribbons” running through it?

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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