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Posted on What's this wood? Ipê? Jatobá?

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 04:40 AM

Yeah, I don’t think it’s rosewood. I’ve handled (NOT WORKED, I’m not much of a woodworker) various species of rosewoods and I have to say in the pictures it looks more like rosewood than it does in real life. It seems a bit more coarse than that. Sorry, we lost our camera so I took pics w/ my phone. It’s definitely tongue-and-groove material and like Sergio I somewhat doubt rosewood would be used for that nowadays anyway… but who knows—not me, LOL!

Sergio, very nice floors. Thanks for the pics! Texture/color of ipe is a bit hard to tell due to finish, but I could imagine these pieces looking like the darker boards on there. Did you apply the finish to the ipê one? Do you happen to know what kind of finish it has, and how it was applied? Was it pre-applied before installation?

I have never handled anything that SEEMS this hard, and looking at hardness scale rating for both jatoba and ipe it seems ipe is ridiculously hard. Also, it does look a bit like this pic: ...3,680 lbf …yikes. Jaotba is 2,820 and mesquite 2,340. I looked up the rating for mesquite because that, hard maple (around 1,400) and white oak (around 1,300) had been the hardest woods I have cut before. I still haven’t tried cutting through this and will not yet, LOL!

I see lignum vitae is above 4,500. I have seen large carvings made out of that wood, in the Caribbean. Wow. Sounds like a ton of work.

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