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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 11-14-2011 01:45 AM 1327 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2011 01:45 AM

At the bottom of a box of scraps and pieces I recently purchased were these short cut-offs.
They are heavy in comparison to other wood pieces of similar size and are quite dense and hard.
The box was marked as walnut and mahogany. This doesn’t look like either.
I was thinking of gluing them together for some pen blanks…if I ever get to doing pens!
Thanks all.

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 01:50 AM

Thats the type of wood you dont want…send over to me, and I will “dispose” of it properly for you, no charge!

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 02:02 AM

I have no real idea what it is but im thinking it has some stain or dye already on it.


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#3 posted 11-14-2011 03:57 AM

pretty sure its not walnut or mahogany .. cant say for sure what it actually is though. How baout a fresh end cut to see in fat if it is stained.

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 04:10 AM

It might be Peruvian Rosewood. Looks like some I’ve seen.

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 04:28 AM

I sanded the ends of one piece and the face. It sands out nice and is the same color.
Most of the faces have saw marks so I’m guessing they are raw and unstained.
There is also some sort of a wax on the long edges.

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#6 posted 11-14-2011 06:17 AM

I have seen some similar labeled as kingwood (whatever that is)

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 12:58 AM

Definitely looks like a rosewood of some kind.. I think I got a few pieces of that in one of the Rockler 10lb cutoff boxes I got- (photo near the bottom of the page)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 05:20 AM

I cut one in half and glued it together with gorilla glue. Turned it down and the color looks the same as when I started. I’m thinking that David is correct on the kingwood, which by the way has an interesting history.

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 06:36 AM

Looks to me like Bocote, a well sought after hardwood from Central and South America.

A pic from the web…

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 04:35 PM

I’d say it’s some type of rosewood. Unless it smells like half rotten lemons, I’d say it’s probably not bocote.

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 05:06 PM

I don’t know for sure what it is, but here’s a piece of Kingwood that I have.

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 05:09 PM

I would say Brazilian Kingwood

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