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Ebro

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11-16-2015 02:18 AM

I’ve been calling this mahogany but I’m actually not sure what it is. Any help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 11-16-2015 03:56 AM

That may be Sapele. The Wood Database has some good pictures of the end grain that might help.

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 04:24 AM

It looks like some very nice Honduras mahogany,Does it have small white specks in the grain in some areas.
I would have to hold in in my hands and take a good smell I tell for sure.
It will turn darker in the sun if it’s mahongany.But so will lookalike woods.

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 06:46 AM

Hard to tell from these pictures. It is mahogany-ish but my gut feeling is that it is not mahogany, maybe Spanish cedar which is a dead ringer but lacks the chatoyancy of true mahoganies.

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 08:09 AM

Looks like sapele

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#5 posted 11-16-2015 10:12 AM

Thank you for the help, I never would have figured this out. From what I’ve read, it appears to be sapele. The end grain matches and the workability description is similar. I didn’t realize there were so many similar woods in the ‘mahogany’ range. I found this at an auction this summer. It had been raining heavily that day and they were using this to keep table legs from sinking into the mud and threw it down for makeshift sidewalks. They were selling all kinds of common and exotic wood at really high prices, way above my budget. At the end of the auction, we got to pick all the mud caked pieces we wanted. Most of it was 8/4 and 10/4 walnut but there were 8-10 pieces of sapele so I grabbed all that I could find. Free was in my budget range. Thanks again for the help!

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 04:13 PM

You don’t give the BF but if that 8’ or so by 6” or so and either 8 or 10 quarter and you picked up 8 to 10 pieces of that sapele & walnut…. for free,

I do believe sir that you have earned a respectful… You SUCK!

Congrats, love a happy wood accident!

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#7 posted 11-16-2015 04:47 PM

Ha ha! I wish it was that much. The pieces I got were closer to 16”x8”x2”... give or take. I ended up with 8-10 pieces of sapele but 25-30 pieces of walnut. We also bought a truckload of rough cut 5/4 walnut that day for $5. We couldn’t bring it all home there was so much. I wish I could have gone back for more of the free wood, but we had plans that evening. I’ll happily accept the You Suck tag!

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#8 posted 11-25-2015 05:26 PM

Damn! Indiana is too far away to drop by and help you dispose of some of that wood, but that said truckload of 5/4 for $5 is an ALL CAPS & BOLD … YOU SUCK!

Congrats!

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#9 posted 11-29-2015 09:37 PM

ChefDAN, I just found the picture of my $5 truckload of walnut and thought I’d share. The sapele and walnut freebies are wedged in and filled the back seat of the truck. The plywood cost another $5. I wish the band saw would have been that cheap…

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