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Ripper70

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04-12-2016 04:25 AM

Hey All,

I’ve acquired several 8 foot long lengths of some kind of 1” x 6” lumber and don’t know what it is. Hard as nails.

Below are some pics of a freshly jointed piece top, edge and end grain.

Any help would be appreciated.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo


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#1 posted 04-12-2016 07:52 AM

Looks like Ipe.

Often used for decking around here. Heavy, hard, dense, oily. Highly weather/rot resistant. Stinks when cut. Gives off a yellowish, oily sawdust. Doesn’t float in water. Hard on tooling

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 12:04 PM

Looks like a piece of wood I purchased on a whim – your description matches my experience, especially the HARD part.

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/keruing/

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 12:15 PM

Definitely tropical.

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 12:33 PM

Ipe. If you cut it you will see fluorescent green dust come off it. It can also cause the blade to spark. It’s pretty stuff. Pre Drill!!!!!!!!!

If you drop it in water it will sink too.

I built an outdoor table out of it, its great stuff.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 02:25 PM

Ipe

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#6 posted 04-13-2016 02:21 AM

Thanks for the help! After doing a bit of research on Ipe I believe you all have correctly identified the species. Any suggestions for the best way to finish this wood? Oil, paste wax? It’s so bloody hard it seems like it’s probably difficult to get much to penetrate it but has that lovely grain that should be accentuated.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#7 posted 04-13-2016 02:53 AM

It looks to me like Jatoba

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#8 posted 04-13-2016 03:58 AM

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#9 posted 04-13-2016 04:56 AM

Looks exactly like red palm to me. Look it up.

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#10 posted 04-13-2016 05:33 AM



Looks exactly like red palm to me. Look it up.

- doubleDD


I looked it up. Not red palm. Take another look at the end grain. I’m sticking with ipe.

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#11 posted 04-13-2016 05:42 AM

There are certainly similarities between the Red Palm and the Jatoba. Still, I think that Ipe is the call primarily because of the yellow colored sawdust that I’m getting from working a small test piece with some 120 grit paper. This suggestion comes from the wood Database website.

Additionally, having now worked a small chunk with some chisels, knives, coarse files and sandpaper I gotta say this stuff is ridiculously hard. Like stone hard! I had the opportunity to work with some ebony and cocobolo and purpleheart long ago but this stuff seems even harder.

Also, an enlargement of my endgrain alongside the other species (courtesy of the Wood Database) can be seen below:

My sample:

Wood Database Ipe:

Wood Database Jatoba:

Wood Database Red Palm:

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#12 posted 04-13-2016 03:38 PM



Thanks for the help! After doing a bit of research on Ipe I believe you all have correctly identified the species. Any suggestions for the best way to finish this wood? Oil, paste wax? It s so bloody hard it seems like it s probably difficult to get much to penetrate it but has that lovely grain that should be accentuated.

- Ripper70


depends what you need it to do as a project – - I wouldr think a film finish like a varnish or Polyurethane would peel since it is oily.

Oil will work, if a more stain resistant surface is needed, I would hit it with shellac… you can control the sheen, and I have never had shellac peel

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#13 posted 04-13-2016 08:11 PM

Thats looks like Apitong it used for flooring in Commerial truck trailers.
It’s one of those wood that’s cut quarter or rift to help with the wood deforming when kiln drying.
Apitong has a nice smell.But is horrible to work.

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#14 posted 04-14-2016 12:00 AM

Red palm is not nearly as heavy and hard as Ipe. What is suggesting palm is the fibrous nature of the grain.

One other possibility is Cumaru. I think it’s hard to tell the difference between that and Ipe and they get used for the same thing (decking).

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Ripper70

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#15 posted 04-14-2016 03:29 AM



One other possibility is Cumaru. I think it s hard to tell the difference between that and Ipe and they get used for the same thing (decking).

- LiveEdge

You’re right about that. Very, very similar in almost every respect except the description of the “faint, vanilla or cinnamon-like odor when being worked” as described by Wood Database. I haven’t noticed any particular odor at all.

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