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

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 04:08 PM

Fantastic info here, THANKS EVERYONE!

Yeah, on the previous pics I had seen of ipê it had a bit of a greenish hue to it (even the very dark examples). But then again everywhere I hear it ‘varies wildly’ in color and texture. I’ll save it and cut it later, check what it smells like.

Common wood names are funny—if someone told me this was definitely from Brazil I’d say, “it kinda looks like walnut, not like cherry”. So, instead of ‘Brazilian cherry’, I’d call it ‘Brazilian walnut’, but then again those names don’t make much sense, so…. maybe it IS jatobá. I’ll check the end-grain for the little circles—the look very defined on the pic from

If from Asia, I would have no idea what to guess there.

Toward the end of the month I will have to go to a nearby lumberyard that deals exotics, etc. to get some domestic hardwoods for Summer projects for the class I mentioned. I’ll bring a few pieces of this stuff to ask them.

From the pics it does seem that SOMEONE tried putting some of these planks through a jointer or planer and there are some cutter marks (tight ones) and definitely some nasty tear-out; I think these are easy to see in the pics?

In terms of working it: I’d be largely ruining the school’s equipment. I was thinking of doing some outdoor sconces, either for garden luminaries or for actual outdoor lighting around the house. That would require it to be cut in thinner pieces. It would be more beneficial if it were jatoba, correct? I mean, apparently species are very durable, but jatoba is easier to work with right?

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