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02-06-2010 10:31 AM

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I was given this piece of wood as a plank. It was left outside and discolouration and twisting occured, even though it was pretty thick. However when I ripped and sanded it the outer two pieces is what is came up looking like. I tried to find an ID for it somewhere but couldn’t. I thought it could be a type of Mahogany. It is a medium density wood and relatively easy to cut and sand. I was hoping to use it for some fine fret work.
I really need to learn my timber ID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 11:25 AM

if i didnt know better i’d say that looks alot like teak is the end grain really really tight

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 12:43 PM

I vote Mahogany. Funny thing is looking at pictures of wood reminds me just how much i actually rely on touch, smell and other little quirky things to really tell what wood i’m looking at.

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 01:21 PM

Looks like Tropical Mahogany to me. I have a wood id program for my Iphone I found.

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 02:06 PM

Not a really good picture for ID…But, the first thing that popped into my head was African Mahogany.

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 04:21 PM

brazillian cherry?

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 04:51 PM

Here is a link for the best pics with descriptions of all kinds of wood. It may help.

I vote for Mahogany also.


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#7 posted 02-06-2010 05:08 PM

Theresa -

Is that piece heavy for its size? If it is, it might be IPE – a tropical hardwood sometimes called Ironwood. I just rebuilt two garden benches replacing the rotted wood pieces with IPE, and your picture looks like some of the leftover pieces in the shop.

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 09:08 PM

I was going to send the same link Scrappy has.

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 09:26 PM

its some sort of mahogany. brazzilian cherry, ipe, and teak are very hard. much harder than medium density. i would cast my bet for african mahongany.

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 02:49 AM

Thanks everyone I have the link to hobbithouse, Couldn’t ID it myself from that or a couple of other sites I looked at. Thought I would give you guys a go. Thanks

just found this site when I went looking for a pic of African Mahogany, It looks good. Will have to look at it more thoughourly when I have some spare time. Now all I want to do is get into the shed!

-- Theresa,

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