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Project by JJackson posted 07-31-2008 10:00 PM 2665 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given this wood but I am not sure what it is. Its heavy and dense. I thought it might be honduran rosewood but the color is off. Anyone have any ideas??

-- Jeff, Indiana





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Christopher

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 10:41 PM

Kinda looks like luan to me, pronounced loo-on I think, if it smells a little sweet when you cut it it probably is luan. is it really lightweight?

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HokieMojo

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 10:41 PM

i was going to guess mahogany, but others would know better than me

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trifern

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 10:46 PM

Okay, I guess mahogany also.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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RobS

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 10:55 PM

I was gonna say mahogany too, so “mohogany”

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 11:16 PM

If its red and not brown as the photos show and is heavy and hard as a rock, could be santos mahogany. The ribbons in the grain kind of give it away.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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Randy Sharp

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 11:50 PM

My guess is…Sawdustonmyshoulder is right.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 08-01-2008 12:00 AM

If its real heavy its Brazilian cherry.

I have some pieces of flooring that looks just like that.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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FFURNITURE

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#8 posted 08-01-2008 12:00 AM

No, I did a staircase and flooring in it, in my own house. JATOBA (Brazilian Cherry). It should be pretty dense, and heavy.

-- Clamps are like dollars in the bank, you NEVER can have too many!

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CalgaryBill

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#9 posted 08-01-2008 12:28 AM

Looks like it could be sapele. I’ve been working with some of that and it resembles your pics.

-- Calgary Bill

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 08-01-2008 12:55 AM

Here’s some pictures of Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry).

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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TheCaver

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#11 posted 08-01-2008 01:06 AM

You can tell if its Sapele by the smell….If it smells like cola when cut, you most likely have Sapele…

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 08-01-2008 01:13 AM

I was going to say Jatoba as well , especially the board on the far right in pic #2…..I posted a small dish in my projects here made from Jatoba ( Brazilian Cherry ) and before I turned it and applied finish it looked just like your boards. I just haven’t seen that much of it to say that the ribbon striped boards are a feature of the species or not.

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

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JJackson

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#13 posted 08-01-2008 01:14 AM

Folks,

It is extremely dense and very, very heavy. I tried to run my 4 1/2 over it and the board said, “I don’t think so buddy!” I have to agree with Mr. Cain that it is Jatoba. Question is, besides flooring, what in the world would someone use it for?

-- Jeff, Indiana

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MSRiverdog

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#14 posted 08-01-2008 01:32 AM

Jatoba will kill tools, hard, heavy and, I think, very cool. From your description thats what it is although my local supplier has mostly straight grained stuff.

-- http://www.riverviewwoodworking.com

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zwwizard

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#15 posted 08-01-2008 01:49 AM

I don’t think its Jatoba I have some just like it and it came off of some pallets from the far east. I am working some of it now making a tool carrier. Its heaver that Jaoaba and some of it is kind of oily. I have one or two pieces in the stack that has a lacewood look to it. And its about as bad as purpleheart for splinters.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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