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03-11-2016 04:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: species veneer wood identification

I know this is a long shot but it’s worth a shot. I’m trying my hand at refinishing a piano cabinet that is over 100 years old. The finish is cracked and gross but sands off pretty easily. I pulled the back of the cabinet off to experiment since it won’t be seen.

I got the finish all off and then applied a coat of linseed oil to the veneer to see how it took. It looks great – but I am trying to figure out what species the veneer is so that I can buy more to replace the bad spots on the cabinet. I’m not sure how easy it will be to tell, but here are some pictures of the piece. I’m heavily leaning towards walnut, but it is a bit more red than usual?

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE


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#1 posted 03-11-2016 04:25 AM

Looks like walnut to me.

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 04:28 AM

It’s pretty interesting – the piano doesn’t look like walnut at all – the finish is very dark (almost looks painted brown and sealed), cracked and gross. But once I knock that off the grain of the veneer is beautiful – just needs some work in places.

And thanks Shane, reassurance is always nice!

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 06:04 AM

Doesn’t look anything like walnut to me, especially 100 yo walnut which wouldn’t have been steamed.

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 06:26 AM

Looks kinda similar to walnut

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#5 posted 03-11-2016 10:46 AM

Walnut.

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#6 posted 03-12-2016 02:30 AM

Mahogany is my best guess from here.

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#7 posted 03-12-2016 02:41 PM

it woulda been nice to see it without the linseed oil.
100 years old and im guessin the blo darkened it, so im going out on a limb and saying cherry.

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#8 posted 03-12-2016 02:49 PM

I have a ton more that I haven’t touched yet. I’ll post some pictures without any oil or finish on it today.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#9 posted 03-12-2016 03:15 PM

I was thinking Jatoba when I first saw it, but I am not 100%.

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#10 posted 03-12-2016 09:42 PM

Update: here is a picture after getting the gunk off before applying any finish or oil. Any more ideas?
Thanks

I’ve tried four pictures and they all rotate when I post from my phone…. really kind of frustrating.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#11 posted 03-13-2016 12:11 AM

I would not rule out rosewood—very popular in late 1800’s thru early 1900’s for upright piano’s.

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#12 posted 03-13-2016 01:09 AM

Crazy grain patterns …. very interesting though.

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#13 posted 03-13-2016 01:28 AM


That sucker is English walnut! I didn’t read where you had put oil on it, that is why I thought Jatoba, but that definitely looks like English Walnut to me. I have some in my shop.

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#14 posted 03-13-2016 01:35 AM

Looks like it.

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#15 posted 03-13-2016 01:37 AM

The grain really is beautiful…. I’ll go with English walnut for replacement veneer.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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