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04-28-2017 01:52 AM

I was at the local Restore and saw a couple 7 or 8 foot long 6” wide boards that were close to 7/8” thick. I grabbed on to one that was standing on end leaning against a wall. It was coated with a plastic white something. Looked like paint but plastic. I know I am old but usually could easily lift a 1” x 6” x 8’ board of most varieties including oak. But this, whatever it is was, was far different in weight than any same size lumber I have ever had my hands on. When I initially felt the weight, I thought oh, this is metal. Not. But still surprisingly heavy. What could it be. I couldn’t see anything on any side or end of it that wasn’t covered with the white plastic coating. Anyone have a Idea? Would it be worth looking into for anything do you think ? Just never ran into anything wood that heavy before.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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#1 posted 04-28-2017 01:56 AM

With a white plastic coating, are you sure it was wood? Maybe laminated MDF.

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#2 posted 04-28-2017 01:59 AM

No I was able to determine that it is wood because one end of one of the pieces had a corner where there was a chip of about 3” long x 1” wide that was missing and you could see wood grain although still it was covered with the white crap. I mean, you could easily see that it was a piece of wood.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 04-28-2017 02:01 AM

My thought would be some type of hard maple but I tell you it would make a great bumper for a truck. unbelievably heavy stuff.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#4 posted 04-28-2017 02:45 AM

Maybe part of someone’s deck or flower bed although I haven’t seen them with plastic coatings but who knows, I see new things all the time. Anyway a common wood use for that is ipe, slightly harder than brass, very dense, very rot resistant. I got some from a guy who tore out a flower bed.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 04-28-2017 03:28 AM

Thanks for the info Rick. Based on what I just read about IPE, I think I will pass on it. Probably not good for my kinds of projects. I was just amazed at the weight. Whereas I haven’t had any experience with something that heavy in wood, I was real curious to know what it could be. Thanks again.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#6 posted 04-28-2017 03:32 AM

Great for mallets.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 04-28-2017 04:08 AM

I agree with Rick it is IPE and very hard and heavy. Used a lot for decks and other outside things. Good find to

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#8 posted 04-28-2017 04:11 AM

Maybe one of the Restore employees could have told you what it is…if you had asked…end of mystery.

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#9 posted 04-28-2017 05:03 AM

I’ll also say Ipe from a deck. That stuff is like a rock.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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