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woodshaver

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945 days ago

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I bought this old block of wood for $10 bucks at a antique shop,I don’t know what it is. Could it be teak?

I cut a thin strip off using a new ban saw blade. The saw dust seems to stay on the band saw blade. Seems like the wood is on the waxy side. Anyone have a clue?

Thanks ,
Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 945 days ago

I think you got yourself some teak there. Does it change color from freshly sawn, after a day or so?

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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woodshaver

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#2 posted 945 days ago

Lee

I just jointed he edge last night and so far it still looks the same. The shavings look a little darker than the slab.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Bertha

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#3 posted 945 days ago

I thought it was bubinga at first (you know how that stuff varies). Teak is a really good thought. Can you plane a bit of endgrain? Might help the guys below.

Edit: crap, I forgot to mention: whatever it is, it’s very beautiful.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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anobium

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#4 posted 945 days ago

No idea but i like the looks.

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#5 posted 945 days ago

Teak is moderately heavy. It is dense and often hard to work with non-industrial tools.

Cypress can vary in color and come darker, it has a semi-waxy feel, smells of carrots when cut (to me anyways), is easy to work, and can be dented with a fingernail

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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Bertha

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#6 posted 945 days ago

^I used a lot of cypress when I lived in louisiana. TCC’s right, it’s quite soft. This would be an unsual piece of cypress from where I’m from. I’ve got a teak outdoor picnic set that really greys quickly in the weather. You could put it outside and find out, lol! Please don’t do that;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 945 days ago

I guess I would have to go with Cypress also from the sounds of what you all say.
I could dent it with my fingernail and to me it smells like old cheese or a musky carrot root.
I was going to use it to make a band saw box with my new Grizzly 14” GO555P that I got for Christmas from my wonderful wife! I hope this type wood is ok to to use to make a Band Saw Box with, it’s my first time making these boxes. I’ll do some practicing on some old scrap wood first.
Thanks for all your help everyone!
Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 945 days ago

I guess it could be something other than Cypress but I’m incline to move in that direction. Just for the heck of it I weighted it. 4.5 lbs and it’s 18 1/2 ” L x 2 1/4” H x 6” W. It looks old and it has a very strong musky smell like blue cheese.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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404 - Not Found

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#9 posted 945 days ago

Pitch pine?

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woodshaver

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#10 posted 945 days ago

I looked at some Pitch Pine and the grain in this wood is very tight. I need to find a piece of Cypress and see if it’s a close match.
Thanks for all your help guy’s!

Happy New Year!
Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Bertha

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#11 posted 945 days ago

That’s Cypress….hmmmm….

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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woodshaver

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#12 posted 945 days ago

Bertha
What’s your thoughts? I’m still in the twilight zone on this one. hmmmm….

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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jeth

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#13 posted 945 days ago

I would agree with some kind of pitch/old growth pine, especially from the end grain shot. Down here we get a lot of similar pine, tight, straight grain, a lot of pitch that will make dust stick to blades and cutters. It can be quite dense, hard and heavy… but… the smell would be a giveaway I think, pine and blue cheese are quite different smells!

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jusfine

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#14 posted 945 days ago

Looks like teak to me, you should be able to tell by the weight. Teak will be quite heavy.

Check this link for possibilities.

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 945 days ago

Just to add to the confusion, I have some old growth Doug Fir that looks very much like that. Never thought it smelled like cheese or carrots though but it does smell good when cut.Most of my bandsaw boxes are cut from this.with no problem except it does gunk up the blade.

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