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Forum topic by tegotong posted 09-15-2015 04:13 AM 645 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tegotong

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09-15-2015 04:13 AM

I saw this endtable and want to make a dining room table similar to it. Any idea what wood it is? Thanks


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Tennessee

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 02:49 PM

I’ve seen a resurgence in that stuff. Kind of like olive wood, but I don’t think it is. It comes from somewhere around India, I believe. Always with the rough finish.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 04:06 AM

Looks like sissoo/sheesam, Paul is right, it comes from India.

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/sissoo/

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 04:32 AM

Thanks. A quick search tells me that sissoo is very commonly used and cheap in India, but almost never imported to Canada (or the US) except as small pieces. Someone suggested goncalo alves. It looks like it is more readily available over here. It doesn’t look quite the same, but is still beautiful. I’ll have to see if I can get it in Canada (I’m in BC)

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 11:51 AM

That is definitely sheesham. We call it that because it is the only alias we can pronounce.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalbergia_sissoo

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#5 posted 09-16-2015 12:04 PM

Isn’t it amazing how some really beautiful woods from other parts of the world are common as pine in those countries, but we have to be satisfied just drooling over them? Once I wanted to start an exotic lumber store that specialized in those kinds of woods, (non-threatened species, of course), but my financing fell through and I let it go.
Then I thought about how I would be sitting around all day surrounded by beautiful woods, but not able to make anything out of it, and decided I’d rather have a wood shop rather than a lumber yard.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#6 posted 09-17-2015 04:55 AM



Isn’t it amazing how some really beautiful woods from other parts of the world are common as pine in those countries, but we have to be satisfied just drooling over them?

- Tennessee

We have some pretty droolable domestic woods which we may not appreciate, such as walnut, figured maple, cherry, rainbow poplar, some may consider ambrosia (but not me), butternut, sassafras (I think). Some people in other parts of the world may drool if they can’t get some of our woods.

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