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Forum topic by JBoss posted 10-17-2010 12:56 AM 895 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2010 12:56 AM

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I got these boards from habitat for humanity. the dark one is the question, It is some exotic, super hard, and burned my nose when i jointed it. The redish one is bubinga, any ideas on the other?


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#1 posted 10-17-2010 04:10 AM

My first guess is Wenge. When you work with Wenge you find that is quite splintery. That is how you would know for (almost) certain.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 10:57 AM

ipe

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 03:57 PM

Ipé is usually not that dark. It could be that this is an abnormally dark piece or the lighting makes it look darker than it is.

Ipé will not float. That is one way to check to see if it is ipé.

Both ipé and wenge are very hard, heavy woods but ipé is harder and heavier.

FYI – unless treated, ipé will get lighter over time.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 04:10 PM

I believe that if it doesn’t float can be Ipe, if it float, can be angico preto (Timbaúba, or Faveira Folha Fina) density = 900 kg/m3

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 04:20 PM

Could it be tropical walnut?

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 04:34 PM

peruvian walnut looks much like that

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 05:27 PM

I think Tropical and Peruvian walnut are the same thing. They are dark brown with even darker brown streaks through it. I’ve seen it used in flooring but it’s expensive.

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 11:35 PM

I was leaning to wenge, as I have heard that it is an irritant to your nasal cavities. This stuff def is, burned my nose even when I jointed a different board as the dust and chips were still in the jointer. According to the people at habit the pile i got that board from is supposed to be all from S. America, but I can’t verify that.

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