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#1 posted 10-19-2011 01:08 PM

OK there is a lot of furniture from the 70’s and early 80’s sold in America under the name of “Ramin” wood. Now when you see a sample of Ramin today , it shows a light tan to light yellow wood when first cut, but with a little age it turns a golden tan. True Ramin resembles cross between American ash and chestnut. The confusing thing is that many S.E. Asian woods were passed off as Ramin. Although not a distinctly pretty wood it is stable and dries well. It was used by Broyhill furniture as moldings trim, and case work for many years because it was cheap, plentiful, and took a stain reasonably well. It was of course over-harvested in Indonesia to the point of threatening the species. I understand it became illegal to import the raw lumber in the late 90’s. Items made in S.E. Asia of Ramin are still allowed to be imported. Mini blinds can still be found at lowes that are made of Ramin and I am told that Walmart imports a shit load of crappy furniture items from China made of Ramin . I do not propose that this is the definitive answer for the question as to what you have , just a good possibility. good luck, and I know you will create something to be proud of from the mystery material.

your north florida friend don s.

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