Wood from Old Church Pew, but What Wood is it?

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05-14-2016 08:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood identification identify question

I got my hands on a pair of old church pews, but I’m not sure what wood it is. Can anyone help ID it?

[Below] I scraped and sanded a piece of one of the boards to get a look at it. I have a few suspicions of what it might be, but I’m no wood specialist.

One of the reasons I got these pews is that the wood was splitting along its grain. While cleaning it up, it seemed a bit splintery, sort of like the dark walnut I have.

[EDIT] I might mention that these pews predate 1985 for sure. My feeling is that they are from the 1960’s or older.

[Below] Here’s a look at the end grain.

[EDIT] Adding two shots of the edge grain from 2 different angles.

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#1 posted 05-14-2016 08:41 PM

My guess is Philippine Mahogany.

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#2 posted 05-14-2016 08:48 PM

Funny you should say that. I had to cut these 12 foot long boards in half to fit them in my car. When I saw the color of the saw dust I started thinking ‘Mahogany’ (Mind, I don’t know mahogany from red cedar either)

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#3 posted 05-14-2016 08:57 PM


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#4 posted 05-14-2016 09:16 PM

Got hold of a church pew once looks just like that. Its Hickory.

But that does look like mahogany.

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#5 posted 05-14-2016 09:25 PM

Mahogany, origin unknown, but looks decent, has some ribbon in it.

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#6 posted 05-14-2016 10:32 PM

I’ve just added two edge grain shots above.

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#7 posted 05-15-2016 12:01 AM

Well, I’m not expert, but I’ve found this web site helpful:

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#8 posted 05-15-2016 12:15 AM is awesome as well

My guess is the same as theirs. Mahogany family.

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#9 posted 05-16-2016 02:25 PM

Ditto on the Mahogany.

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