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08-18-2010 09:03 PM

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Hey everyone, this is Ron’s son(also named Ron). I’m posting this for him while he gets the table saw set up.

We recently were given two boards and are having some trouble figuring out what they are. I figured someone on here might know. The pictures were taken on iPhones, so the color might be a tad off. Hopefully it is close enough for someone to recognize, and thanks in advance for any help.

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 09:27 PM

Looks like the top one could be Cherry and the bottom one Mahogany, but it hard to tell in pics sometimes.

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 10:18 PM

one of them could be alder?

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 10:49 PM

That bottom one looks like purpleheart or incienso. 2 species which look so much alike I can’t hardly tell them apart. The incienso smells sweet and the purpleheart is slightly more purpl-ish and has a little more white in the grain.

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 01:13 AM

The pictures are definitely off….the top board Cherry..ish….Alder…ish…leaning towards alder. The bottom board looks like Meranti.

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 02:12 AM

My first thoughts were the same as Roper’s. But I wouldn’t bet the rent on it.

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 02:21 AM

3rd, Cherry & Mahogany

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 03:20 AM

I agree Cherry on top and Mahogany on the bottom.

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 03:28 AM

Cherry top, Mahogany bottom .

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#9 posted 08-19-2010 03:49 AM

The pictures definately don’t capture the true colors. We built a small table today and will be finishing it soon, hopefully we can get some better pictures then. The boards had been sitting in a shed for years. Probably had been laying around for longer than I’ve been alive(21yrs). When they were given to us they were coated with so much dirt and dust that we thought they were the same type of wood.

Thanks for the input guys! Maybe once we get the table finished and under some better light it will be easier to tell what types of wood they are. After comparing some pics I found to the boards I am leaning towards cherry and mahogany myself.

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#10 posted 08-25-2010 01:29 AM

All Done! Thanks to everyone for the help!

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