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splintergroup

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08-23-2015 12:27 PM

I got some chunks of wood from the neighbor the other day and I’m at a loss as to what species they are.
All the pictures are taken in strong sunlight, with the white balance (hopefully) set correctly. There appears to be no stains/finishes on the samples except for wax sealing the end grain.

The first piece is basically a 2×4, 36” long. Very heavy, density is 1.1 grams/cc.
Color is almost jet black, some lighter ‘swirls’ are visible. I think I know what this is, I’m sure it’ll make some nice smoking chips for the BBque.

This next piece is a poser. Dark chocolate brown, I can see a hint of redness in it. The open pore grain reminds me of the grain of Mahogany. It is also very dense, 1.1 grams/cc. Nice sized block 4×5x14 inches. The second picture is a paint stamp or freehand stamp that has no meaning I can figure out. End grain is also fairly nondescript with no real growth rings present (tropical? Ipe?).

I have some Ipe boards, but their grain is more distinct and the color is a tad lighter.
The end grain:

Last is actually three pieces, several foot long 2×4s and a 2×6. Density is 1.0 grams/cc
The lighter areas really darkened up with a wipe of mineral spirits.

Anyhoo, a tip o’ the hat to all who can offer suggestions.


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haydon6566

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#1 posted 08-24-2015 02:54 AM

Here is my unexpert opnion. The first sample appears to be walnut and the second looks like phillippines mahogany.

-- I've cut this board twice --- and it's still too short.

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 04:00 AM

Here’s my guess first one is Ebony,
Second Mahogany,Can you see white specks in the grain?
Third one have no idea.
The last photo looks like it could be black and white Ebony or Asian striped Ebony.

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Mark Kornell

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 06:50 AM

For the second one, with that density, looks like.jatoba (aka Brazilian cherry).

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 08-24-2015 02:00 PM



Here is my unexpert opnion. The first sample appears to be walnut and the second looks like phillippines mahogany.

- haydon6566

The first sample is Ebony. The sunlight does give it the lighter Walnut color, but this thing is heavy!

As to the second, if I didn’t pick the piece up I would have sworn it was Mahogany. That reddish tinge (although very dark), the open grain pores, lack of distinct grain, etc. It wasn’t until I actually determined the density and found it was nearly double that of any Mahogany. Still a mystery, but I’m leaning towards Ipe.

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 08-24-2015 02:11 PM



Here s my guess first one is Ebony,
Second Mahogany,Can you see white specks in the grain?
Third one have no idea.
The last photo looks like it could be black and white Ebony or Asian striped Ebony.

- Aj2

Ebony is correct! I never had held a large piece of Ebony before, but when I saw/held this I just somehow knew what it was. I guess I won’t use it as smoker chips….

No white specks in sample #2.

#3 Black/white Ebony? Could very well be. The only problems I see is my sample has a tad higher density than what I find listed for the B/W (0.82gram/cc). I also notice the black grain on the Ebony forms ‘loops’ where my samples do not, however I only have a limited number of reference samples….
Striped Ebony? Seems maybe a tad darker than what I have. The B/W would be the better fit. The only thing I have found so far other that B/W Ebony is Tiger Wood (need to filter out ‘golf’ from online searches!)

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#6 posted 08-24-2015 02:18 PM

Mark Kornell is correct. 2nd one is Jatoba.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 08-24-2015 02:18 PM



For the second one, with that density, looks like.jatoba (aka Brazilian cherry).

- Mark Kornell

Could very well be, the discrepancies I see with my limited sample is the density being a bit higher than Jatoba, the color being a darker brown with less red, and the no real grain pattern to speak of.

Thanks for the info Haydon, Aj2, Mark!

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#8 posted 08-24-2015 03:08 PM



Mark Kornell is correct. 2nd one is Jatoba.

- Hammerthumb

Ok, the more I look at on-line end grain images, the more I think you guys have pinned it down. I had replaced the first picture with one taken after I had sanded the wood with 220 thinking that dirt/natural UV reaction may affect the color (the picture with the ‘Mink’ stamp is without sanding).

So what do you guys do/make with Jatoba? Given the size, I can only think of boxes or a nice breadboard. The size/shape is good for turning but I don’t have a useable lathe.

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