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Forum topic by wmartin posted 05-07-2016 10:10 PM 850 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2016 10:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood id id

Sorry if this isn’t the correct place to post this (and for the bad quality pics; only had a second to snap them). I’m trying to ID this wood. I ran this piece though the plane to get rid of the weathering, but I have good bit of it and am curious what I have.

Also, it had a not so great smell when I cut this piece off. It’s pretty dense and hard.

Thank you for any help.

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#1 posted 05-08-2016 12:00 AM

I believe that it is tropical. Not a native species.

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#2 posted 05-08-2016 12:54 AM

First glance I would say Ipe.

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#3 posted 05-08-2016 01:38 AM

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#4 posted 05-08-2016 03:57 AM

+1 for Ipe. Was it used as decking before you got it? As an aside, did you run it through a planer? I wouldn’t run it through my planer as it’s too hard on the knives. I’d drum sand the weathering off maybe.

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#5 posted 05-08-2016 10:55 AM

Thanks for replies. I bought it at auction from a guy who had a trim supply store (also handled other things to go along with trim) so I’m not sure exactly what it was used for. It’s definitely not one of the six woods he kept in stock (mahogany and cherry were the only non white ones) I have a few hundred board feet of this stuff and sure what to do with it.

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#6 posted 05-08-2016 12:19 PM

Also, is there any possibility of it being Santos Mahogany? The company did stock Mahogany, and the owner mentioned it wasn’t always the same type of Mahogany.

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