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02-26-2010 11:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question

ok so i found a chunk of what looked like decking in my garage attic the other day
the house was built in 86 and we bought it in 04 and this was really the 1st time i looked up there
so it ooked similar to mahogany in my mind so i bought a chunk of that and brought it home to compare and altho they look fairly similar i picked the boards up and the camparison was over in a heartbeat
this odd board is freakin heavy the dimensions are 3/4×5x43 and i made a couple small cutoffs and the cutoffs feel about the same weight but the odd 1 is about a 1/3 the size of the mohogany i also noticed the dust from sanding is very yellow and it really didnt lose much color from getting sanded and the plank is very strong and rigid
heres some pics
odd wood

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 11:24 PM

The grain almost looks like white oak. It is a little hard to see the end grain to tell for sure.

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 11:53 PM

I’d bet my bottom dollar that is Ipe. I’ve used a ton of it, and it don’t take a big pile to make a ton.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 12:26 AM

Does it have much of a smell when you cut or sand it?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 01:08 AM

I think it looks like white oak too.

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 01:43 AM

Looks like Meranti to me…could very well be Ipe as well though.

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 02:16 AM

it seems to smell almost like chocolate maybe? when cutting and sanding

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 02:25 AM

after looking up ipe and meranti i think ipe wins

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 02:37 AM

Yellow dust is pretty telltale for Ipe.

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 02:41 AM

Chocolate smell isn’t white oak. Never used ipe…don’t know how it smells

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 03:18 AM

Ipe has a yellow green sawdust, but it smells like sulpher when cut.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 04:25 AM

Doesn’t look like oak to me, but I have seen it or something real close before.

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#12 posted 02-27-2010 09:47 PM

its definitely not a sulphur smell, its fairly pleasent and im not sure chocolate is the smell but it is sweet n i thought it was comperable to chocolate and my wife thought the same so..maybe meranti?..

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#13 posted 02-27-2010 11:48 PM

I also am quite confident that this is ipe. I’ve worked with ipe quite a bit. As an FYI – all ipe is heavy but some boards are heavier than others. The difference can be quite noticeable. I do not believe the differences I have noticed is due to moisture content.

I used ipe on my deck and then I used it to make deck furniture. I have adirondack chairs that are VERY heavy and will surely last longer than I will.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 02-28-2010 10:38 PM

It’s not White Oak. The grain looks like an exotic. I would agree with Ipe or something similar.

-- Eric, NorCal www.rocklinforestproducts.com

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#15 posted 02-28-2010 10:45 PM

Now this may sound stupid but could it be IROKO ….......yellow dust, doesnt change colour when sanding, heavy in weight.. just sounds like IROKO

BOB does it feel oily to the touch and IROKO does sometimes smell faintly like chocolate

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