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Bowl. What kind of wood is it?

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Project by GenuineGeek posted 525 days ago 729 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 525 days ago

I’ll have a go…Jatoba.

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

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GenuineGeek

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#2 posted 525 days ago

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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pimpson

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#3 posted 525 days ago

Looks and sounds like jatoba to me also.

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Hybridwoodwork

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#4 posted 525 days ago

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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GenuineGeek

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#5 posted 525 days ago

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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RussellAP

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#6 posted 524 days ago

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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Dusty56

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#7 posted 524 days ago

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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GenuineGeek

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#8 posted 524 days ago

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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Dusty56

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#9 posted 524 days ago

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 524 days ago

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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Dusty56

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#11 posted 524 days ago

”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 524 days ago

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 523 days ago

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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Doe

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#14 posted 519 days ago

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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