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Bowl. What kind of wood is it?

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Project by GenuineGeek posted 02-15-2013 01:07 AM 756 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this bowl today. It is 5 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches tall.
I finished it with clear shellac and finishing wax.

It is a very heavy and dense wood with a deep red color a lot like mahogany but it is not that wood. It was very hard to work and prone to bad chip-out.

Do you know what kind of wood it is?

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.





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Tennessee

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 01:10 AM

I’ll have a go…Jatoba.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 01:25 AM

I will take a chunk of that wood back to the wood store where I bought it and get him to write it down, because I don’t know myself what it is. I will update you guys and gals tomorrow evening.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 01:32 AM

Looks and sounds like jatoba to me also.

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 01:51 AM

Osage Orange is my guess.

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 02:08 AM

That forth close up shot gives a very realistic grain view and is very close to the real color in person too.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 01:24 AM

I like the design and the wood. No idea what it is. Try some Robert Sorby tungston carbide chisels for that tear out. I have the turn master and you can change the bits. I wait till I get close to the final size and pull these guys out and it cuts much better and tear out is less.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 02-16-2013 01:27 AM

I had the same question a few years back , and was told mine was Brazilian Cherry , aka Jatoba : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 02-16-2013 01:34 AM

The wood vendor told me today that it was Santos Mahogany which is not a true mahogany.
More details on it here: http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/santos-mahogany/

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#9 posted 02-16-2013 05:57 AM

Tough call without seeing it in person , but you can see what the “hobbithouse” has to offer here : )

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/mahogany,%20santos.htm

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/jatoba.htm

Here is the wood-database Jatoba description :
http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/jatoba/

Does your turning have any “perfume” smell to it (before finishing) ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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GenuineGeek

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#10 posted 02-16-2013 04:14 PM

Right on Dusty, thanks for those links.
It is very hard to tell and there is always the chance that the vendor is wrong too. The smell of it when I was turning it was strong and spicy but not a smell I would want my wife to wear.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#11 posted 02-16-2013 07:04 PM

”not a smell I would want my wife to wear.” LOL : )
I can’t remember if the one I turned had any noticeable smell to it at this point , but I don’t believe it did.
I have another piece just waiting to be turned and I’ll have to make note of it when I do.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Mike R.

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#12 posted 02-16-2013 10:17 PM

Looks like jato a to me mahogany shouldn’t have tear out too much

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GenuineGeek

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#13 posted 02-17-2013 12:25 AM

Santos Mahogany is a bit of a misnomer, it is not a true mahogany – not from that family – so it does not have mahogany characteristics except a bit of the color similarity.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#14 posted 02-21-2013 01:04 AM

My guess is Jatoba; I have a big chunk of it in the basement.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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