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Chefshep

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02-20-2011 10:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question resource oak teak

I found a company that imports granite from Brazil. They receive their shipments in crates made from a very hard native wood. It resembles oak, but it is extremely hard. The only way to get a nail in it is with an air gun. I took a few pics showing the grain, as well as a stamp that was on the crates. Not sure, but I think it has to do with the shipping…

Can anyone help me identify this species. If so, any ideas on value & what it’s best suited for.

Thanks

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill


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#1 posted 02-20-2011 04:52 PM

Looks like ipé. I know they use ipé for crates in South America.

As an FYI – I used ipé for my deck flooring (400 square feet) and all of my outdoor furniture. Great stuff. It will last longer than I will.

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

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 06:17 PM

For me look like Algarrobo…

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 10:03 PM

Does anyone know where I could get Banyan wood from India or Paranan Pine from Southern Brazil?

-- Clay, California

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 11:37 PM

I agree with Rich. I think that it’s ipe’. It’s nice wood for outdoor stuff, & indoor, but it is realy hard.

-- ~ that's Me, Ricky D. ~ Lansing, Mi.

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 11:55 PM

Lumberjocks, Thank you very much!!! I knew where to go for the answer to this question!

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 10:32 PM

FYI on Ipé. When I was building my deck I discovered that I could drive a nail through the wood (3/4” thick) and into the joist with my nail gun, if the air pressure was close to the max. I also discovered that I could not pierce a double thickness of ipé.

I can’t really explain this but the wood seems to be very hard on drill bits but not so hard on saw blades or router bits. I only used the router to put a round over (1/4” radius) on some of the pieces in the furniture I built.

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

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 01:54 AM

Rich,

Thanks for the add info, That is important. I figured that I would need to drill everything. I may need to invest in a bit sharpener if I decide to go that route. I was thinking that Ipé might make a good bench top.

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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