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Dr_T

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01-13-2018 11:30 PM

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Hi All,
Have a question on some wood ID for you all. A few bits of context to possibly assist in the ID. The board was originally obtained by my grandfather in Georgia probably 30-50 years ago. He obtained it at a construction site where it was left by another contractor. When they didn’t return to pick it up at the end of the job, he brought it home. The original piece was approx. 14” wide x 1” thick x 14’ long. The board was not finished at the time when he picked it up. He gave me an ID on the species, but I’m not confident that it is correct, plus I don’t want to bias your opinions. :-)
Pictures below are with no finish, it gets much darker with any sort of finish on it. Sawdust is very red, and while sanding I noticed quite a few ‘flecks’ in it that looked quite shiny even before getting to a smooth surface.

Face grain:

End grain:

Another face grain:

Edge grain:

For certain ones of you – yes it is clearly Alder, the question is what specific kind of Alder. :-)


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#1 posted 01-13-2018 11:39 PM

Some very nice looking Mahogany. Honduras or genuine mahogany

-- Aj

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#2 posted 01-13-2018 11:49 PM



Some very nice looking Mahogany. Honduras or genuine mahogany

- Aj2


+1
Looks just like the mahogany in my woodpile!
Dale

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John Smith

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 12:14 AM

Honduras Mahogany for sure. and a 14” wide board is just awesome. (but, jus my Dos Centavos).

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 01-14-2018 12:28 AM

Honduras mahogany.

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#5 posted 01-14-2018 05:02 AM

+1 on Honduras Mahogany.

My dad bought 1,000 BF of Honduras Mahogany in the early 1960’s. He ordered it from a company in Mobile, Alabama which imported it directly from Honduras. It was shipped to us via railroad freight. We had to pick it up at the freight terminal in the nearby town. He almost cried when he saw the lumber at the terminal. It was all 16 feet long and varied from eighteen to thirtysix inches wide and was 5/4 inches thick. He nearly cried because it was all rough dressed and we would have to break it down to 12 inches maximum width due to the size of our planer… We use a good bit of it to build in furniture (desks and book cases) in our new home and the rest of it to build a dining room set including table, eight chairs, china hutch and buffet.

Sadly the house burned down several years later, destroying the built in furniture. The dining room set was split up among several family members after my parent’s death and seems to have all been lost over the years.

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Dr_T

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#6 posted 01-14-2018 05:13 AM

Well then, the replies so far seem to be fairly unanimous. It also matches what I was told about the species, but not specifically Honduras.
Thanks for taking a look and lending your expertise, these pieces are currently in progress to become tops for a set of bedroom furniture.

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#7 posted 01-14-2018 05:59 AM



Honduras mahogany alder

- bondogaposis

I think they have it covered :)

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#8 posted 01-14-2018 06:18 AM

I have to wonder that that 14 inch wide piece of Mahogany is going to look after it’s ripped and filliped.

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#9 posted 01-14-2018 06:58 AM



I have to wonder that that 14 inch wide piece of Mahogany is going to look after it s ripped and filliped.

I will look like crap.

-- Aj

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#10 posted 01-14-2018 11:49 AM



I have to wonder that that 14 inch wide piece of Mahogany is going to look after it s ripped and filliped.

- AlaskaGuy

like alder.

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#11 posted 01-14-2018 01:38 PM


I have to wonder that that 14 inch wide piece of Mahogany is going to look after it s ripped and filliped.

- AlaskaGuy

like alder.

- tomsteve

LOL

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#12 posted 01-14-2018 02:24 PM

My grandfather always wondered what happened to that board. ;-)

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Desert_Woodworker

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#13 posted 01-14-2018 04:09 PM

Just musing…
If you look at the origins of human beings- Anthropoligists say we started out from Africa- Yet ALDER eludes me, as to where its origins began? Definitely, not from Louisiana.
Just sayin’

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#14 posted 01-14-2018 06:23 PM

Immaculate woodception of course.

They only viable explanation.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 01-14-2018 07:43 PM



Immaculate woodception of course.

They only viable explanation.

- TheFridge

No doubt. Born of the direct hand of God. Adam, Eve and Alder. Not necessarily in that order.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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