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tbone74

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01-12-2012 10:17 PM

Hello jocks

could some one please ID this piece of lumber. I have the chance to get alot of cutoffs of hardwood flooring for free! The wood is wery hard, open pours and smells of hot chocolate when it is cut. Thanks for the help!

-- Tony


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#1 posted 01-12-2012 10:21 PM

Looks like Wenge to me.

Of course, it would be a lot easier to identify if you would send me some. 8-)

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 10:48 PM

It’s a dark picture and I am not sure that it is accurately portraying the color. If it had a slight reddish tint, I would guess Jatoba.

From my experience, Wenge is typically darker than this.

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

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 11:00 PM

By how I look at it I have to agree with TrBlu that it is Wenge. I have some experience, but haven’t really smelled it when cutting.

-- Timmathy, Greater London

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 11:10 PM

Looks like Wenge from here.

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 11:25 PM

I am on the wenge side, but a better photo would help! Does it look like the photo below?

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 12:36 AM

You can confirm it’s Wenge if you get a splinter by just looking at it.

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

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 01:09 AM

Wenge

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 01:13 AM

Yes on Wenge and yes on the splinter by just looking at it part. Also said splinter will almost undoubtably become infected. But you are right it does smell good when cut.

And yes! If you can get it free take as much as you can load!!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 02:04 AM

Wenge for sure.

And Its not ‘If’ you get a splinter…..with Wenge, it’s ‘when’ you get a splinter.(or ten)

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 03:15 AM

My vote for Wenge

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 10:24 AM

Thanks for the replies, It seems that is is the inverse of stumpynubs picture. There seems to be more light than dark grain. And I did get a splinter already! Richgeer—there is no red hue at all. Here’s a little better pic close up

This pic is pretty close to how my eyes see it…

-- Tony

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David Craig

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 11:12 AM

This image might help Tony. I lifted it off the web under a search for Wenge hardwood flooring. I would say it is a very close match.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 05:54 PM

It actually looks a little like purpleheart

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#14 posted 01-17-2012 07:14 PM

Turn the flash off when taking the picture!!!!!!!!

Jatoba is red, the dark grain is no where near as visible in it.

Wenge would be mostly black grain, with dark grey to light black.
Purple heart would be purplish in color (hence the name lol) with the black grain.
There are a couple others I can’t think of the names of right now, but from these pictures, I’m gonna lean towards wenge.

David, that’s a stained picture of wenge, as there is no red to it.

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#15 posted 01-20-2012 11:39 PM

Well, I guess wenge it is! I just finished a knife handle with it and got about 10 slivers in the process!

-- Tony

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