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Mystery Wood Find/Question

by A10GAC
posted 326 days ago


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 326 days ago

Looks to be Cocobolo, and/or maybe other types of rosewoods. Good stuff.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 326 days ago

Good stuff no doubt, good score A10GAC

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A10GAC

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#3 posted 326 days ago

I was thinking rosewood, but my only experience with that is old plane totes. Cocobolo didn’t even cross my mind…now I’m really curious as to what it was. The seller said it had been in the attic for years and didn’t remember ever putting it there.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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tefinn

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#4 posted 326 days ago

+1 on what ShaneA said. Possibly also Ironwood if it’s as dense and heavy as you say.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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cathyb

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#5 posted 326 days ago

I agree with cocobolo.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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cathyb

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#6 posted 326 days ago

If it’s a rosewood and you sand it, it will smell quite fragrant. If it is rosewood, that was a great bargain. Although the poor guy probably realized that he is allergic to rosewood and had to get it out of his shop. Just a thought…

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Loco

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#7 posted 326 days ago

$100 says it’s Hymenaea courbaril

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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Tony_S

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#8 posted 326 days ago

The good majority of it looks like Goncalo Alves, so I would assume it all is.

Does it have a waxy feel after a fresh cut?

A closeup of a fresh planed piece and one of the end grain would help as well.

-- "The trouble with people idiot-proofing things, is the resulting evolution of the idiot."

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A10GAC

189 posts in 1677 days


#9 posted 326 days ago

I went out to the garage this morning and sanded a piece with 60 grit, planed the top and bottom faces and then made a cut with the miter saw…no real fragrance that I could tell. Just smells like wood, so I guess rosewood is out.

The first pictures are the face and end grain under fluorescent lights with the camera flash; the second were taken outside…it’s pretty overcast but I think the colors look more accurate in the second set.


The scoring is from the 24T blade on the miter saw, guess I need to sharpen.

Almost forgot…Tony_S: not a waxy feel, but very smooth

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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Tony_S

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#10 posted 326 days ago

Yep….I’m sticking to Goncalo Alves.

-- "The trouble with people idiot-proofing things, is the resulting evolution of the idiot."

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robscastle

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#11 posted 308 days ago

A10GAC,

I have some New Guinea Rose wood and it is definitely not NG Rosewood, this is also confirmed by the posts between yourself and cathyb regarding its unique scent.

I have had no experience with cocobolo apart from seeing on this site, but it does look similar, as for the other suggestions I have no knowledge to comment, regardless it looks like a nice find for a project job.

-- Regards Robert

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Wolfdaddy

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#12 posted 308 days ago

Nice find, whatever it is! Cocobolo is a rosewood too, so I would assume it has a pretty distinct smell. I have no personal experience tho.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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dhazelton

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#13 posted 308 days ago

Main question – what do you have planned for it?

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Holbs

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#14 posted 307 days ago

A10 GAC… hmm… i recognize the A10 immediately (i was a missle/ammo weapons loader for that beast back in the iraqi war part 1). whats the GAC?

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A10GAC

189 posts in 1677 days


#15 posted 307 days ago

I dug around Google image search looking at Goncalo Alves after Tony S posted and found a few dead ringer photos…so since it has no distinct scent and matches the photos pretty well; I’m thinking that’s probably it.

@dhazelton – good question. I was looking at my plastic handled adjustable bevel a couple of days ago and thought it could use a new handle. I’ve been experimenting with ways to cut the slot that don’t involve ripping and regluing the blank, but the stuff cuts pretty hard. As an aside the Japanese pull saw didn’t work. I’m contemplating a wide blade on the bandsaw but that leaves a pretty rough surface, so I’m still working on that problem.

@Holbs – a relic of times gone by, it stands for Guidance and Control. Working fast movers in a different capacity now, but A-10s were good times.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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alohafromberkeley

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#16 posted 295 days ago

+ 1- Goncalo Alves aka Tiger Wood

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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BacktotheWood

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#17 posted 271 days ago

I have been building some furniture with mesquite that looks exactly like your photos. I tried to upload a photo from Photobucket but wasn’t able.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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PaulDoug

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#18 posted 271 days ago

Desert Iron Wood? What ever it is you got a good deal.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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A10GAC

189 posts in 1677 days


#19 posted 270 days ago

@BacktotheWood – I’d be interested in seeing a picture of the mesquite. You should be able to load a photo right from your PC by using the “img” button. That’s the way I loaded the ones above. Photobucket can be a nuisance sometimes.

PaulDoug – Thanks, it does looks similar in the photos I’ve found.

This might be like the Tootsie Pop riddle….”the world may never know”

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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