Wood Identification Please?

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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 12-04-2010 06:36 PM 1288 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2010 06:36 PM

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I rescued these 2 planks (each about 2m x 1cm x 25mm) from a friend who was going to burn them about 18 months ago. They were covered in what looked like very old varnish and didn’t look that great, so they’ve just sat in the corner.
However, today I decided to hone (or try to create) my card-scraping skills so I had a scrape at them and this is what I found. It has a lovely sheen, but I have no idea what it is. The friend said it was from a wardrobe.

The first picture is natural light, the second with flash.
The “pretty” patch is where I wiped on a little alcohol to try and bring out the pattern – it worked!

Thanks in advance for any pointers.

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 07:40 PM

At first glance I thought it was walnut. However, the “tiger” effect makes me wonder if it is something else.

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 10:30 PM

I am thinking Mahogany of some sort. Almost ribbon cut, nice burl effect to it.

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#3 posted 12-04-2010 10:42 PM

I would say beeswing eucalyptus.

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#4 posted 12-05-2010 07:55 AM

My guess would be Santos Mahogany.

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#5 posted 12-05-2010 06:09 PM

Here is a link that will show you that your wood is most likely beeswing eucalyptus. I have a bit of this in veneers.

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#6 posted 12-05-2010 10:21 PM

I’ll 2nd the Eucalyptus. I mill a lot of figured Eucalyptus and the grain looks correct. If you get a clean end grain photo, I can tell you for sure.

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