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04-28-2011 04:06 AM

I had a discussion with a carpenter friend yesterday and he said all wood will float at least until it gets waterlogged. So today I dropped a smallJatoba [Brazilian Cherry] cut off in a bucket of water and it sank like a brick! Im curious about how many other woods dont float?

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 04:37 AM

Brazilian cherry [jatoba] is a very common species native to the rain forest of Brazil. It is not a genetically engineered species. It is my favorite wood as it continues to darken/redden like American cherry but it is not a fruit bearing cherry tree. I did a lot of reading on this wood after I first discovered it. There are several woods refered to as “ironwood”. Is there really a tree called ironwood or is it a generic term for any very heavy/dense wood? These topics fascinate me as you can tell.

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 04:43 AM

Petrified Wood!

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 06:43 AM

In Tennessee we had a tree commonly called ‘musclewood’. It and ‘ironwood’ are both hornbeams, and do not float. Ironwood is another name for the ‘hop hornbeam’ so called for the flowers which resemble hops.

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 07:13 AM

Lignum vitae aka ironwood. Cricket balls are made of it and British cops truncheons (night sticks) are made with it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 07:14 AM

Fresh cut myrtle.

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 07:30 AM

Lignum vitae old ship propeller shaft bearings are made of it since it is naturally oily. That’s what I’ve heard anyways.

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 07:37 AM

the red african ironwood and you can see how it looks if you go to Karsons page
and look after a blog where he ask what wood is this .... it floods like a rock right to the bottom…LOL


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#8 posted 04-28-2011 08:19 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 04-28-2011 01:37 PM

And not all rocks sink! Pumice will float if it has sufficient porosity. Nearly everything we are taught is just a general rule—there are exceptions to nearly everything.

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 02:36 PM

You’ll have to the the Late Show’s “Will It Float Game”, the home version.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 03:41 PM

Natalie Wood…..

Sorry my High School Shop teacher told me that one back in 1983

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#12 posted 04-28-2011 03:48 PM

All wood floats till it hits bottom!

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#13 posted 04-28-2011 04:27 PM

Any wood that has a specific gravity (density) greater than water will sink. The specific gravity of water is 1000 kg/m^3. In this table: several wood species are given with their specific gravity’s. In this table: anything more dense than 62.4 lb/ft^3 would sink. It’s a pretty simple concept.

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#14 posted 04-28-2011 07:11 PM

Even freshly cut softwood trees will sink. There’s a big business raising
antique logs off river bottoms.


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#15 posted 04-28-2011 07:27 PM

“All wood floats till it hits bottom!”

Is that kind of like, pigs can fly til they hit the ground? :)


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