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Forum topic by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler posted 01-05-2012 09:16 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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01-05-2012 09:16 PM

I have a customer’s rocking chair in my shop. It’s old, but I have no idea how old. It has paw feet on the front legs where they attach to the rockers. It was originally, I think, heavily upholstered.
The owner asked me if I could tell what specie the wood is. It was stained or coated in a colored varnish, colored a dark, reddish, sort of like mahogany. But I doubt it’s really mahogany.
Can enybody here ID the wood?
The photo is taken from one of the arms where most of the finish was worn off.

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.


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willie

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 10:57 PM

Walnut or butternut?

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 11:14 PM

It’s a bit too blonde for walnut. Butternut is a possibility.

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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Moron

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 11:19 PM

guessing

ash, elm, mahogany.

guessing elm as it was used extensively up until the dutch elm disease came, bends easily and rarely breaks.

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

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Alan Robertson

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 11:29 PM

From what I can see. Possible cherry, but i’m leaning toward MAHOGANY.

-- MrAl

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 11:35 PM

from what I can see trugh all of the old stain a little wild gess is it cuold be oak that have been
darkened a little with amonium before it was stained
but its only a gess from the small area where the stain is gone and having seen old oak that
looked like that one time years ago

I think the only way to be sure is to take out a sample from a place that will be hided when the chair
is restored … there is places that can help you identyfire the woodsample

good luck with the hunt
Dennis

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 11:42 PM

Based on the grain (and not the color) my first guess is mahogany. I don’t think you should rely too much on the color because it, very likely, was stained.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Alan Robertson

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#7 posted 01-07-2012 05:30 PM

Moghogonanee.

-- MrAl

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#8 posted 01-07-2012 05:50 PM

There was a cheap white mahoganny that they used to use to build inexpensive furniture. They would stain it to the color of regular mahoganny, but I can’t remember teh species name.

The unfinished parts would almost look oak-esk. But it would be as light as a feather.

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

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#9 posted 01-07-2012 06:05 PM

Trade or Common Name: Primavera, white mahogany, prima vera
Local Name: Primavera
Botanical Name: Cybistax donnellsmithii
Family: Bignoniaceae

I looked up White Mahogany and came up with this.
I will sand off an area underneath to see how closely it resembles the color of the photo they show.

ddwwb

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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