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11-03-2018 12:45 AM

Trying to figure out if this is mahogany? If not what it is. Also based on what it is, the best way to finish it ?

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#1 posted 11-03-2018 12:49 AM

You need to get a better photo of the boards. If you can get the end grain then that would help even more. It would also be of some help if you let us know where you got it from? Is it a park bench? If so, I really don’t think it would be mahogany.

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#2 posted 11-03-2018 01:21 AM

Sorry I bought it from Craigslist from a guy in Quincy . Iron bench ends read “Titan” on them. I tried looking it up and found nothing? I’ll try and get better pics in the am. It does appear to be a more commercial grade park bench. super solid piece.

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#3 posted 11-03-2018 01:44 AM

I did the best I could to clean up this photo. I’m assuming this is the Bench, lying on it’s back in the back of a truck but it seemed to show the boards the best. (I rotated it so the Truck is right side UP …..I Think.)
I’m not even going to Hazard a guess at what type of wood it is. I’ll leave that to Our “Experts” lol….

Rick S. (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 11-03-2018 01:51 AM

Some of the grain looks like oak to me but those are some rough pics to go off of. I can’t imagain any company using mahogany for what I’m assuming is a outdoor bench cause I’d think it would cost a fortune

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#5 posted 11-03-2018 01:56 AM



Some of the grain looks like oak to me but those are some rough pics to go off of. I can’t imagain any company using mahogany for what I’m assuming is a outdoor bench cause I’d think it would cost a fortune

- JCamp

I was thinking he grain could be oak, elm, or maybe ash, but not mahogany. It’s tough to tell though unless you see it close and know if there was a toner applied.

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#6 posted 11-03-2018 05:26 AM

Or alder

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#7 posted 11-03-2018 09:19 AM

Grain looks like Oak to me also.

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#8 posted 11-03-2018 11:01 AM

White oak stained darker or aged. Would stand up to the outdoors.

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#9 posted 11-03-2018 11:59 AM

Grain does look like oak. Just re-finished a bench that was a combination oak and teak. Only identified the wood after I cleaned it up. I just used an exterior varnish

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#10 posted 11-03-2018 01:58 PM

Thank you everyone. I’m going to try and take some better pics today. it’s raining and it may show grain better wet

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#11 posted 11-03-2018 02:21 PM

bench wood alder :<))

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#12 posted 11-03-2018 02:46 PM



Or alder

- TheFridge

Oak alder, elm alder, or ash alder.

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#13 posted 11-03-2018 04:34 PM

Don’t know if these help? Someone suggested that I clean it with wood cleaner and finish it with 70% teak oil and 30% helm spar urethane? Any thoughts on that?

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#14 posted 11-03-2018 05:09 PM

I’d say it looks like an exotic, which would be a good choice for a bench sitting out in the elements. Likely Ipe. If you only ever clean it using deck/teak cleaner and then only oil it, it will look like new for decades. If you get in your head that varnish is a good idea it’ll look great until water gets under the varnish in one spot, and then the only solution is to strip and refinish.

Couple hours of work every couple year to clean and oil is the way to go. It looks like the wood really isnt even that dirty.

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#15 posted 11-03-2018 07:00 PM

The end grain looks very porous in the picture, which isn’t typical of ipe, but is what you’d expect with a white oak that’s been stained. It also makes sense from an economic standpoint as white oak is relatively cheap and won’t rot.

If it’s stained, like I think it is, then you should test out the teak oil on a hidden area. It’s possible that the oil may cause issues with the stain.

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