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Project by LEITH posted 03-11-2011 09:36 AM 1164 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine owns a pallet shop in my town. He called to tell me that he had saved some of the sticks they use to stack between the lumber he gets to make the pallets. I have no idea what type of wood it is so I made this little box to show you guys. I also included pictures of what the unfinished wood looked like. it’s hard, heavy, and sorta smells like coffee. At least thats what I smelled through the mask. Help me out you guys! WHAT IS IT? Thanks


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#1 posted 03-11-2011 10:02 AM

Nice box even though from the finishing glaze IMHO it looks like it needed more sanding.
As for the wood, well it’s difficult to say, but because as you said it smells coffee that could come from a case/pallet that had coffee inside and it transfer its smell to it. Now coffee countries are most likely to be in S. America, most likely the wood could be of a local species, you say it’s a heavy hardwood, so a possibility is to be Brazilian Rosewood or some kind of Black Walnut.
My 2 cents to you :-)

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 04:34 PM

Your box really came out good. The wood looks very much like Cumaru. I have used a bunch of Cumaru for building a deck since it is an extremely hard and weather proof wood. I also built a desk top out of it. Definitely a hard wood and very heavy.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 04:54 PM

Nice looking box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 05:39 PM

Looks like it might be Ipe, a brazillian hardwood that is very heavy and very hard. I have it as decking on a dock. The stuff feels like steel when you pick it up, and you CANNOT drive a screw without drilling a pilot hole. That’s my guess, though I can’t imagine they would use it to stack wood. Nice looking box!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 06:20 PM

my guess would be teak

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 06:45 PM

Very nice box. From the raw wood pix, I agree with Tim: Ipe.

-- Chuck, Cottage Grove, Oregon --

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 07:11 PM

Ipe’ came immediately to mind looking at the raw planks. It’s a fantastically hard wearing, weather resistant, and heavy/hard wood, but in spite of all it’s good qualities it is relatively cheap, and is mainly used in the U.S. for outdoor decking, but it can be used for many other things as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 08:09 PM

Wow, that’s a nice score. I have to go with the consensus and say Ipe too. It looks exactly like some I’m working with now. I wish I had that much of it! That’s a beauty of a box too by the way. Nice work!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 06:08 AM

Good looking wood (whatever it might be), and another handsome box from you Leith… Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 12:41 PM

I got so focused on the wood type that I forgot to mention how much I liked the box. Well done and a design I haven’t seen before.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 06:16 PM

A lovely simple design. From your description, I’ll venture that it might be Santos Mahogany. Well done!
Bob in BC

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#12 posted 03-12-2011 06:55 PM

Nice looking box, good design and execution, it seems we all want to know and help on wood identification, that is very difficult, if you find out for sure, it would be interesting to know, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 04:55 PM

What a nice little box you have there Leith. Really like the design and feel of this one…. Well done bud…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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