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06-14-2012 07:09 PM

I am trying to figure out what kind of wood this is. Can anyone help with this photo?


-- Joe Kwon

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 07:20 PM

Looks Like Red Cumaru to me. Woodcraft had a sale on it a few months back. I bought a piece.

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 07:21 PM

I was thinking mohogany or teak.

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 07:36 PM

I thought mohagany too

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#4 posted 06-14-2012 07:40 PM

It sure looks like that red cumaru. But it looks like mahogany too. Is there any definitive way to find out?

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#6 posted 06-14-2012 07:49 PM

I think Mahogany is a Light Splintery wood, Cumaru is Heavy

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#7 posted 06-14-2012 08:43 PM

Looks like Jatoba; if it cuts smoothly and sands easily, open pores that may be it.

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#8 posted 06-15-2012 01:36 AM

I’m thinking mahogany

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#9 posted 06-17-2012 03:15 AM

Looks alot like apitong. I use it alot for trailer flooring

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#10 posted 06-17-2012 03:55 AM

I have some of that around I’ve been wondering about. I think
Apitong is likely.


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#11 posted 06-17-2012 04:06 AM

End grain pics reveal a lot… But you need to prep. The end grain by taking a thin slice off with a very sharp blade, such as a well sharpened low angle block plane.

Also, cut a stub off the end of a board and carefully measure it and calculate it’s volume. Then way it and determine the density…. Since densities are tabulated, they are very useful to determine species.

All that said….. My money is on Honduran Mahogany.

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#12 posted 06-18-2012 12:50 PM

I can say that this stuff is VERY heavy. I had a buddy come look at it and swears it’s jatoba because of it’s weight. He said it’s much too heavy to be mahogany. Thanks all!

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#13 posted 06-18-2012 08:28 PM

It looks like Iroko to me.

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#14 posted 06-18-2012 08:37 PM

You might want to take a look at lacewood. I have some rough boards of it around and it looks very very similar to your pic.

I would recommend that you scrape a piece with a cabinet scraper of smoothing plane and then wipe it with some de natured alchohol. Take a pic of that and post it with the one above….seeing the grain better would make it alot easier to pick the right wood.

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#15 posted 06-19-2012 10:10 AM

Could be Ipe.

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