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01-01-2017 04:38 PM

So let me start by saying I’m usually not a pallet hoarder. But my buddy owns an industrial supply company where parts and equipment move in and out every day. Big heavy stuff. Sometimes I’ll go by there and scavenge through his trash piles and find good hardwood boards in his pallet pile.

Well the other day, there were these 2 big steel disk thingamabobs on a piece of cardboard on a reddish colored pallet. I told him, “I need that!” He said if you can move the disks to another patter you can have it. So I made it work and the disks left out moments later.

Anyway, I got home and began pulling this pallet apart and this thing is a beast. Super heavy. Heaviest pallet I’ve ever moved. And the wood is red and super hard. When pulling nails out of it, I had to hook the nails with a pry bar and beat it with a hammer to get them out. And the prybar sometimes didn’t even dent the wood. I planed a piece in my dewalt 735x and the machine did not like the wood at all. It really slowed the machine by taking a tiny bit off the surface.

What kind of wood is this???? I know someone here knows.

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 04:44 PM

Redheart (Erythroxylon mexicanum)
Some pallets are made from whatever is common in that area.

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#2 posted 01-01-2017 05:38 PM

It certainly looks like redheart but according to Janka scale, redheart is about as hard as red oak. This stuff seems harder and heavier.

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 08:05 PM

I’m thinking maybe Padauk. Does anyone have any experience working with padauk? It looks really cool. Bright red and with almost an iridescent sheen to it.

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 08:55 PM

Padauk is more orange and darkens to brown with time. your wood actually looks much lighter in color that the redheart I have used. Here is a picture of some redheart I used for accent stripes on a cutting board using a sheet of copier paper for the background. The wood really is that red.

Here is one end of the board so you can compare the redheart (and some maple and purpleheart in the stripes) to maple, cherry, and walnut. The finish is mineral oil and beeswax.

The wood database does indicate that redheart comes in a variety of shades, so perhaps pink is within the range. I can easily dent the piece I have with a fingernail and it went through the planer like butter.

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#5 posted 01-01-2017 09:11 PM

It looks a like some of the eucalyptus I have milled.

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 09:26 PM

Where did the machine ship from, that may give a clue as to what sort of wood it may be. Could it be teak?

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#7 posted 01-01-2017 09:39 PM

I’m not sure where the part shipped from but my buddy gets stuff from all over the world. The pallet wasn’t new so there’s no telling where it originated. I looked for a stamp on it somewhere but no luck. Whatever I make out of this stuff should come out nice. He’s on the lookout for any other “odd” pallets. I got a bunch of other hardwood pieces from him too. 2×6’s and 4×6’s and 4×4’s.

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