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08-24-2016 06:32 PM

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I found this flooring recently, bought a couple of planks because I noticed it was very heavy and obviously a tropical hardwood. I want to say it may be Argentine Lignum Vitae or Goncalo Alves but I know I’m probably wrong about that, my knowledge on tropical hardwoods is quite limited to rosewoods.

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 06:34 PM

Looks like Jatoba (a.ka. Brazilian Cherry), to me. This is typically used as flooring. How heavy is it?

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 06:36 PM

The argentine lignum I’ve seen has a greenish hue. And that board would weigh 20lbs if it was.

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 06:37 PM



Looks like Jatoba, to me. How heavy is it?

- Ron Aylor


moderately heavy, not like ebony heavy or genuine lignum heavy, but it is hefty for such thin boards

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 06:38 PM



The argentine lignum I ve seen has a greenish hue. And that board would weigh 20lbs if it was.

- TheFridge


Good to know, I wanted to say Argentine lignum because some of the boards in stock have a green tint to them.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 11:14 PM

Looks a lot like the ipe given to me a few years ago.

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 11:29 PM

My first thought was Padauk,

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#7 posted 08-25-2016 02:59 AM

I am waiting for someone to suggest walnut.

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#8 posted 08-25-2016 05:33 AM

I’m pretty new to hardwoods, but to me, it is definitely jatoba. I have a board of jatoba under my couch that looks identical to the second picture. Would anyone use it as a decorative wood for stuff like scroll saw projects considering is it commonly used for flooring?

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#9 posted 08-25-2016 12:24 PM

Goncalo Alves will usually have some black streaking/grain running through it.

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#10 posted 08-25-2016 12:38 PM



I m pretty new to hardwoods, but to me, it is definitely jatoba. I have a board of jatoba under my couch that looks identical to the second picture. Would anyone use it as a decorative wood for stuff like scroll saw projects considering is it commonly used for flooring?

- MaurerPower

I used Jatoba and English Oak in my Folding Prie Dieu. The top, shelf, tusk, butter-flys, and stretcher are made of Jatoba.

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#11 posted 08-25-2016 01:29 PM

We have Kempas flooring in our house. Looks exactly like that. The wood database photos look lighter but if you look at Google images of kempas flooring they look pretty much like what you have.

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#12 posted 08-25-2016 10:38 PM

Thanks for all the responses everyone! So I have narrowed it down to Ipe and Jatoba, and I am leaning towards Ipe because some of the boards I didn’t buy had a greenish or a brownish tint. thoughts? further comments?

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#13 posted 08-26-2016 02:45 AM

It is Tiete Rosewood, we have that same flooring in the master bedroom. Beautiful stuff

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#14 posted 08-26-2016 04:48 AM

I’m still saying Kempas, especially since it is flooring.
Google images of kempas:

Your picture:

Our Kempas flooring does have a lot of the red tones that your photo shows. Otherwise I think they look about identical.

Take it to a flooring place and ask them. They can actually look at the wood, not just pictures…... and they know their flooring species.

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#15 posted 08-26-2016 01:55 PM



I m still saying Kempas, especially since it is flooring.
Google images of kempas:

Your picture:

Our Kempas flooring does have a lot of the red tones that your photo shows. Otherwise I think they look about identical.

Take it to a flooring place and ask them. They can actually look at the wood, not just pictures…... and they know their flooring species.

- shipwright


Interesting, do you know if kempas has a characteristic scent when working? I was planing some of it last night and it had a mild floral scent to it.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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