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Lumber identification

by Marcus
posted 05-22-2013 11:37 AM


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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 11:47 AM

My scientific wild a$$ guess (swag) is Cherry.

Greg

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 12:01 PM

That was my first thought too, but I looked at other items they had for sale in the auction and they had a few boards of cherry specifically called out:

The “lumber” auction appears to be a bit more orange and a bit different grain. But who knows.

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 03:29 PM

I am going out on a limb and saying that is Mahogany. That crazy interlocking grain in the last picture looks just like characteristics of Mah. The picture with the thick stock, looks like Spanish Cedar. Span. Cedar has a strong smell to it. Good luck with it.

-- Matt, Mississippi

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 03:34 PM

And those are my two guesses MBD, but didnt want to impart my biases onto the thread…yet. Unfortunately I can not get down to take a look (and smell), so really debating if I want to take a risk here.

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EPJartisan

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 04:23 PM

Cherry… I am most definitely sure cherry.. okay a little doubt.. BUT

That last board with the figuring is called “Fire Grain” it is places where the cells and fibers actually twist around each other in opposing directions… if they were larger in size they would be called “Blotches”.. which to me… since this is my favorite wood.. is us an insult.

I made a wand out of fire grain cherry. I also have it in small bits in my house.. I have been slowly remodeling my condo all in American Black Cherry… built-ins and all the trim fixings… I know this wood very well is all its colors, textures, and figuring. When I get home to tonight I will snap some pictures of my favorite boards.. which I put in prominent locations.. one is a trim piece when you walk into our bedroom.. the other great piece I used as the top rail of my Dining room wainscoting. When you walk by it.. the light hits the figuring and it shimmers and undulates like water.. beautiful stuff. I want that board!!!

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 04:29 PM

Looks more like the amber hues of mahogany. You’ll know more as you plane it up.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Lee Barker

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 04:52 PM

It’s got value, anyway, and I suspect there’ll be little competition. You could estimate the board footage from the images. I bet it goes for less than $2/ft.

I’m in the mahogany camp, but it might not be all the same species.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 08:02 PM

I vote mahogany.

-- Tim S, WA

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 08:07 PM

I would say mahogany, like the others who said it, but somebody said spanish cedar and I just don’t know. I don’t think it’s cherry.

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 08:18 PM

It does kind of remind me of Spanish cedar in color but the grain pattern doesn’t look quite right and if I remember correctly Spanish Cedar doesn’t have the aroma that aromatic cedar does. It could be cherry or possibly tropical. All that to say I’m no expert but I’d probably bid on it any way. I’m a wood hoarder if I can get it at a decent price.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 08:19 PM

Mahogany

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#12 posted 05-22-2013 08:34 PM

Hmm, blackcherry says mahogany. I’m waitning for mahogany to say blackcherry. It’s a slow day at work so that’s why the jokes are bad.

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Dallas

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#13 posted 05-22-2013 09:10 PM

It might be kind of hard to tell exactly what it is as it’s sun faded. Once you own it, sand a clean spot and then try to tell.

If I were try to guess I would think that it’s “notuptus” or possibly “damifino.”

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 05-22-2013 09:12 PM

My vote is for Spanish cedar. The blueish greenish paint on the ends screams Spanish cedar to me. Color looks about right too.

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#15 posted 05-22-2013 09:26 PM

If it’s light and has a pungant smell it’s spanish cedar, which looks alot like mahogany, if it is heavier, then it’s most likely a mahogany of some sort. There are a few other varieties of wood that will look like this in the cherry family, but not north american cherries. Jatoba, and makore come to mind, if it’s either of those it’s a pretty wood, but hard on tools. Just hard to say when it’s still rough sawn.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#16 posted 05-22-2013 10:53 PM

Mahogany.

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#17 posted 05-23-2013 12:05 AM

So far I think all we can agree on is that it’s wood of some sort! The auction doesnt end for a week (it was just listed), so I’ll keep an eye on it and if it stays cheap I’ll pick it up, whatever it is. You can never have too much lumber in your hoard, right?

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#18 posted 05-23-2013 11:58 AM

The vertical striping from the interlocked grain would indicate mahogany to me as well.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#19 posted 05-23-2013 12:38 PM

It could always be Mahogany, here are the pics from my house.. I hope it proves my point a little.

1) top of my wainscoting.. after removing 5 layers of dry way, plaster, chicken wire, and lathes… the space to the floor was wide enough I needed to put a wide board as the top trim… I had this board and knew it would be perfect…. when you walk along it.. the light makes the whole board shimmer and undulate just like it was mahogany…or amber water… :)

Notice how the dark and light figure alternates depending on which way you look at the board… people have asked if it is mahogany… but it is all black cherry.

2) this is my favorite board of the whole condo…and pictures just do not do it justice. Door trim on the way into the bedroom…so the hallway light reflects and makes it shimmer… people always stop to notice this board (our condo is 750 sf.. so the bedroom is right next to the kitchen)

But looking again at the end grain of the lumber.. makes me doubt.
At least I got to show off more of my condo. :)

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#20 posted 05-24-2013 12:51 AM

I vote Mahogany. The ribbon piece is quartersawn.

-- Rick Wood TheWoodYard.com

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#21 posted 05-24-2013 03:33 AM

It’s mahogany. Could be Spanish Cedar as they are almost identical but based on what I can tell from the picture, mahogany.

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#22 posted 05-24-2013 04:42 AM

I vote for Mahogany, got a house full of it.

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#23 posted 05-24-2013 05:30 AM

It’s good looking wood. Buy it. lol

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#24 posted 05-24-2013 06:14 AM

Can’t smell it or lift it from here , but the pictures appear to be Mahogany : )

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#25 posted 05-24-2013 01:10 PM

I agree! It’s wood buy it!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#26 posted 05-28-2013 07:14 PM

Send it over to me, I’ll let you know what it is. Once I get it, it will be poplar. ;-)

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#27 posted 05-28-2013 07:33 PM

Mahogany – 99.44% sure

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#28 posted 05-29-2013 12:39 AM

Well, whatever it is, I picked it up for $19. Grabbed the cherry listed for $14 while I was at it. It’s a bit of a drive, figured I might as well make it worth my time and grab both.

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#29 posted 05-29-2013 12:45 AM

And some curly maple for $18

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#30 posted 05-29-2013 12:49 AM

Has anyone told you yet that , You Suck !! LOL…nice haul !

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

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#31 posted 05-29-2013 12:55 AM

While not quite as gloat worthy since its just a few boards, picked up the walnut for $13.

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#32 posted 05-29-2013 01:12 AM

I wouldn’t have paid that much a bdft for it. That’s what i’m telling myself you paid other wise you suck :)

wish i could find a deal like that on hardwood lumber.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#33 posted 05-30-2013 07:25 PM

So I just got back from picking up all the lumber. About $75 after all the auction fees, $6 for the gas to drive down, and 1.5 hrs of my time needed 100+ bd ft of lumber.

I am not too familiar w/ mahogany/spanish cedar but from the feedback here, I would guess that the majority of the lumber is spanish cedar. It has the mahogany grain look, but is extremely light. The big 8/4 chunk in the auction picture turned out to be padauk. I didnt measure, but its probably closer to 10/4 actually.

All of the cherry ended up being jatoba, “Brazilian Cherry”.

The maple was a pleasant surprise. It was a good mix of curly with a couple of bird’s eye boards as well (sorry, no pictures). The walnut was the let down of the group, if there can be such a thing. Just a few random boards of walnut, maybe 10 bd ft, but for $13, still not a bad deal.

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#34 posted 05-30-2013 07:47 PM

Sapele a form of mahogony.MY 2 cents Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#35 posted 05-30-2013 07:50 PM

As far as the price goes you paid too much all boards are mdf and painted definitely.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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