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Forum topic by LittleJoe988 posted 01-08-2016 10:00 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LittleJoe988

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01-08-2016 10:00 PM

Yesterday I can home to some lumber my wife bought as a surprise for me. The guy she bought it from said it was cedar, but I really have my doubts. Hoping someone could help me out. Some of its heavy, some light, and it has a cinnamon/ginger smell to it. In the picture I sanded and added a little water to show the grain better.


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#1 posted 01-08-2016 10:10 PM

A couple of photos of the end grain may be helpful…
Looks similar to African Mahogany that I have in my shop.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 10:12 PM

given the color and smell i am guessing its a type of mahogany maybe Santos mahogany.

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 10:27 PM

I’m thinking Sapale. Looks a lot like African Mahogany, but is a bit lighter and looks a LOT like what you have there. Also has the ginger smell. Not the cinnamon smell, but noses vary!!

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

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 10:36 PM

I have some wood like that. Mine is kinda’ heavy. I call it “Mystery Wood”

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 10:42 PM

Heres the end grain. I think it smell a lot like ginger not so much like cinnamon but that’s what my wife said and the weight of it varies dramatically from peice to peice if that helps.

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 11:18 PM

That looks a lot like North American Kindling to me. I have a fire place. Perhaps we can make a deal ;-)

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#7 posted 01-09-2016 01:19 PM

Definitely not a native red cedar.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#8 posted 01-09-2016 03:08 PM



Yesterday I can home to some lumber my wife bought as a surprise for me. The guy she bought it from said it was cedar, but I really have my doubts. Hoping someone could help me out. Some of its heavy, some light, and it has a cinnamon/ginger smell to it. In the picture I sanded and added a little water to show the grain better.

Looks like some very nice genuine Mahogany.Does it have little white specks in the grain.

- LittleJoe988


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