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Forum topic by Michaelmjc posted 10-06-2015 09:29 PM 865 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2015 09:29 PM

Hey guys,

So I’m royally perplexed by this wood. The wood is EXTREMELY hard. Much harder than the bubinga, jatoba, purple heart I have. It’s very close in density and weight to Ipe. Any input is greatly appreciated.

I planed down the top and it has a light orange/brown colour to it.

Now the end grain is more pink,

I made a tray out of it and to me the inside definitely has a pink hue to it.


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#1 posted 10-06-2015 09:36 PM

Looks like santos mahogany. Also called Cabreuva. Does it have a distinctive smell?

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 10:30 PM

Bubinga would be my guess. But only a guess.

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 12:57 AM

I vote bubinga. BTW, that is one damn decent tray! I don’t see any tearout.

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 01:56 AM

Thanks for the input guys. No distinctive smell really, nothing thats standing out to me. When I made the tray I had pink shavings EVERYWHERE. I’ve never seen pink shavings, that’s what’s throwing me. I have bubinga and have used it many times before, I’ve never had any with this colour. Does the end grain look like bubinga? The sanded colour definitely looks the same.

Thanks for the compliment Dark Lightning… It machines very well, no tear out at all. It slightly burned in the corner, I’m not sure if that was the wood or a dull bit.

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 03:00 AM

It could be Apitong, used for trailer decks stuff is crazy hard.And heavy.

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 04:08 AM

That isn’t padauk, is it…?

-- Every tree is a Chistmas tree with its gifts hidden inside.

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#7 posted 10-07-2015 01:36 PM

Padauk!!!

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#8 posted 10-07-2015 03:38 PM

I think whenever we have a ID question with a wood that is REALLY dense and hard and looks like that, odds are its cumaru. Janka hardness is 3,300. You mentioned ipe. Cumaru is used as an Ipe substitute. It is used for decking or hardwood flooring. If your piece was in an appropriate size for that, then I think that cinches it.

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#9 posted 10-07-2015 04:06 PM

Another vote for Padauk. When you cut it is the sawdust very fine and powdery? Will it stain a damp rag? Those are properties of Padauk.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 10-07-2015 04:08 PM

This is Padauk, by the way. And the end grain looks identical to your photo.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 10-07-2015 11:00 PM

The things going against paduak are a) it isn’t harder than jatoba and bubinga (in fact it’s softer) b) it’s pretty obvious when cut or planed or sanded because no other wood is that orange-red color and c) paduak has a very distinct smell (like vanilla).

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#12 posted 10-08-2015 12:56 AM

Purple Heart? That or bubinga. I probably muddied the water even more now

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#13 posted 10-08-2015 01:07 AM

Bubinga or purpleheart

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#14 posted 10-08-2015 01:15 AM

I really don’t think it’s Padauk, it’s much harder than that and no noticeable scent.

I could see how it looks like bubinga, I’ve never seen the pink hue to it before though. Maybe different trees have different colour variations?

LiveEdge, That’s interesting about Camaru, I’ll have to look into that. Could be that.

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#15 posted 10-08-2015 05:46 AM

It’s not a shoe in for cumaru. I took some pictures from a piece I have. The grain and color are good enough, but the endgrain might not have large enough pores.


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