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737 days ago

I got this wood from a pallet that I recently took apart. I am not really sure what kind of wood this is so maybe someone here does.

The wood is very light weight and is probably the lightest weight wood I have ever worked with. I tried smelling the wood but I couldn’t detect even the slightest bit of scent from it.

Judging by the grain and the workability of the wood my guess is its a type of Mahogany. However all the Mahogany that I have worked with before has been much darker in color and has had a scent to it. Its also lighter in weight then the Mahogany I have worked with before.

Any other ideas?

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"


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#1 posted 737 days ago

Sure looks like Luan Mahogany to me…
(weathered and under tungsten lighting of course.)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#2 posted 737 days ago

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#3 posted 737 days ago

Luan would be my guess as well.

You know those little wood boxes some teas come in? That stuff.

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#4 posted 737 days ago

It’s palletwood. Comes from the pallet tree, of course.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 737 days ago

Dan

Looks similar to some I found also I believe it’s Mulberry, also looks similar to a hickory(pecan)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 737 days ago

I checked out Luan and Luan appears to be what they call plywood that is made of up different types of lower grade mahogany. I saw a list of like a dozen types of Mahogany that can be found in Luan plywood.

I do believe its a type of Mahogany. I guess its not really important exactly what type it is.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#7 posted 737 days ago

Yeah, I often see cigar boxes made o this stuff.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Dan

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#8 posted 737 days ago

The whole pallet I took apart was made of this wood so I have a decent little stack of it. It will be perfect for small boxes.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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DustyPockets

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#9 posted 737 days ago

Sure looks like Balsa to me….....where did the pallet come from?

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#10 posted 737 days ago

I have similar material that came off off Japanese pallets from Toyota headliners, beautiful to work with. Guess it’s abundant like poplar here.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 737 days ago

I checked into Balsa wood and this could very well be Balsa. I read that Balsa wood is very light weight so there is a good chance thats what it is.

I don’t know where the pallet originally came from but I got it here in west Michigan. It could have come from anywhere though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#12 posted 737 days ago

You can calculate the density and compare it w/ the woods known here: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/wood-density-d_40.html

Measure the weight and length, width, and thickness in inches of one of the pieces. Then do
(weight in lbs) x 1728 / (length x width x thickness)

This gives you the density in lbs/cu ft to compare with the chart.

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Paul David Soto

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#13 posted 737 days ago

Does it make sawdust? Can sweet looking dovetails, dado, routed edges, etc. be cut into it? Was it free? I know now…it’s “Win Wood!” Now how do I get my hands on some of that Win Wood?

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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#14 posted 737 days ago

I’d say it’s definitely not balsa as it wouldn’t be strong enough for a pallet. Balsa is mainly used for model making.
Looks a lot like rubberwood to me. They do make pallets from rubberwood.

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#15 posted 737 days ago

@A1Jim: Thnx a bunch for that link. Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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