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Forum topic by ic3ss posted 01-03-2011 11:48 PM 1028 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ic3ss

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01-03-2011 11:48 PM

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I got this from a friend, who got it from a guy that worked at the docks. He said it was cargo ship dunnage and my friend got a lot of it, most of it were like this only longer. Anyway, I can’t ID this, can anyone shed some light on this species?

I took it to Woodcrafters here in Salem today and the guy that looked at it said his best guess was Merbau. It’s very heavy and very hard, it makes a nice sound when the two pieces smack into each other. I sanded the face to 240 grit and put some clear wipe on poly on one side for illustration. I plan on resawing it and making a pen box for my wife.

Thanks very much for looking, and thanks for your feedback.

Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."


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#1 posted 01-04-2011 12:16 AM

Ah the joys of recycled wood !!!!

No Idea – but looks very nice !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 12:28 AM

It looks a lot like ipé. Ipé is very hard and very heavy.

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

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 12:49 AM

Can you narrow the region? like is it South America, Asia or Africa?
I though Jatoba might be close as well (Brazil)

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 05:18 AM

Thanks Rich, I’ve shown this to several guys and that’s the majority opinion it that it’s Ipe. One of my buddies is putting in Brazilian Walnut hardwood floors and it looks and feels exactly like my pieces, so that’s what I’ll call it. Ipe it is.

Thanks to all.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 05:30 AM

Not sure of the wood but really like your signature. It is logical.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 09:19 AM

Star Trek rules!

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 10:06 AM

If it produces a foul smell and has a yellowish dust when milling, then it’s ipe.

At first glance, I thought it was Jatoba (brazillian cherry)....

-- Childress Woodworks

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