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02-13-2017 02:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question wood exotic wood exotic wood identification

I just bought this piece of wood from a guy who bought an old, run down saw mill. There was quite a bit of lumber left in it, but this was one of the 2 exotic wood pieces I found and I’m not sure what it is. Someone told me they thought it might be Teak but he was just guessing. It’s about 8in wide, 8in thick, and 5 feet long. The board is rough sawn but I sanded a spot with 60 grit and then rubbed some water on it to take a more clear picture of the grain. The last picture was what it looks like dry and rough sawn. I can tell that it is a very heavy and dense wood. Can anyone tell what it is?

-- Brett G.


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#1 posted 02-13-2017 02:16 PM

The streaks remind me of African mahogany.

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 02:29 PM

Looks like Bubinga.

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 02:51 PM

mahogany.

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 02:58 PM

Ribbon Sapele maybe?

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 03:07 PM

+1 on African mahogany. If it exhibits chatoyance — a shift in vibrancy as you move it under light — it’s most likely AM.

Edit: I should have said “in the mahogany family.” African, sapele, Cuban, Honduran all exhibit that characteristic.

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 03:50 PM

Mahogany.

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#7 posted 02-14-2017 12:14 AM

Thanks for your input everyone! What threw me off was the extreamly high weight and density. I’ve got some genuine mahogany but this is much, much heavier than that. I’ve never worked with any African Mohogany though. I’ll post better pictures of the grain after I figure out how to plane/cut it. It’s much too large and heavy for my bench top12.5in planer.

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#8 posted 02-14-2017 12:25 AM

Can’t get a pic right now, but it reminds me of some Bokote I have. Same grain, colors and real heavy and hard. Brett, most people are highly allergic to Bokote, ship it to me and i’ll let you know if I break out.;-)

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#9 posted 02-14-2017 02:42 AM

Thanks papadan! I looked up pictures of Bokote online and so far that looks like the closest match. I read that it gets darker as it ages, which would make sense in this case because it was sitting in an abandoned saw mill for years. I would be interested to see a picture of yours if you ever get the chance.

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#10 posted 02-14-2017 03:02 AM

Shave an endgrain spot with a plane or knife or razor knife. A good clean look at the pore arrangement will do womders for identification.

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#11 posted 02-14-2017 03:29 AM

I work with exotics almost daily. Mexican Bocote I see is usually much darker than that. A very dark brown to an almost black wood with thinner creme to yellowish growth rings. It is very dense with very little pore structure that can be seen and is an oilier wood. If your board has any open pore structure, I doubt it is Bocote.
But from the shots i see, I’m leaning towards the Sapele/African mahogany identification. Both are heavier and more dense than some of the other mahoganies and have much more pronounced grain contrast.

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#12 posted 02-14-2017 04:17 PM



Thanks for your input everyone! What threw me off was the extreamly high weight and density. I ve got some genuine mahogany but this is much, much heavier than that. I ve never worked with any African Mohogany though. I ll post better pictures of the grain after I figure out how to plane/cut it. It s much too large and heavy for my bench top12.5in planer.

- Brett Gray

Jatoba / Brazilian Cherry is my guess. Endgrain pic would help

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#13 posted 02-14-2017 04:56 PM

Another detail I forgot to mention is that I noticed a fairly pernounced oder when I was sanding that I’ve never smelled before on previous woods I’ve worked with. I’ll try to get a good end grain picture when I get home today.

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#14 posted 02-14-2017 07:39 PM

It’s gonna be Ipe or Cumaru. I promise. :)

Board is cut for decking. It looks exactly like that and is VERY dense and heavy. The interlocking grain is consistent with it as well.

You can easily tell if it’s Mahogany versus Ipe by cutting a small bit and putting it in water. The first will float, the second will sink. It it sinks there is no way it is Mahogany.

Cumaru has a distinctive smell when cut. I don’t have a word for it. It isn’t unpleasant. Maybe vanilla?

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#15 posted 02-14-2017 09:15 PM


Here is the end grain picture

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