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dcase84

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07-05-2015 04:13 PM

I’m not the best at identifying wood species, rather new to woodworking. I purchased a large lot of lumber this weekend, primarily ash and maple, but I did find this board in the stack. It’s very hard, heavy, and dense. Is anyone able to identify this?

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#1 posted 07-05-2015 04:37 PM

Not totally sure what it is but I believe I’ve seen it before. I want to say Brazilian ebony was one possibility that we came up with. Mine sure looks like yours, only darker. Another guess was ipe.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 07-05-2015 04:40 PM

Here’s what I have.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 07-05-2015 04:49 PM

I gave that piece to Bill…I had a huge block of it that one of the other LJ members was kind enough to help me re-saw…..My guess was Katalox….it’s difficult to work with, brittle and smells like chocolate when cut…be very careful if you put it through a thickness planer…it chips out really bad (I had pieces flying everywhere in my shop…)...but it definitely looks like the same wood….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 04:53 PM

That’s right, katalox! We just call it mad jester wood, don’t we. I noticed how it looks with the stripes after sanded. Jeff’s looked the same way out of his sander.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 07-05-2015 04:55 PM

Jatoba would be my guess….aka Brazilian cherry.

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 05:05 PM

Jatoba

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#7 posted 07-05-2015 05:18 PM

I have a piece of the “Mad Jester” wood, from Sue’s block…. same as Bill’s.
It is not like the Jatoba that I have, and shared at Woodstick 2015!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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dcase84

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#8 posted 07-05-2015 10:05 PM

Thanks everyone!

After looking through Google images really is a toss up between Jatoba and Katalox. I’ll run this through the sander to get a better idea of final appearance.

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#9 posted 07-05-2015 11:11 PM

Tough to know with some exotics, but I have some bubinga that looks almost exactly like that.

The fences on these marking gauges were made from bubinga.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#10 posted 07-06-2015 03:19 AM

Jatoba for sure. The dust from it tears up my throat and sinuses.

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#11 posted 07-06-2015 03:36 AM

That looks like Apitong it’s used for truck hauling beds.Very hard and heavy.

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#12 posted 07-06-2015 01:41 PM

could be bubinga

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