"butcher block" style tables... What kind of wood is it?

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I picked up this cheap table today just for the legs and frame to put under a rustic table top I bought. Anyone know what wood this top is made of? It’s solid wood, not laminate.


From July 9, 2012

From July 9, 2012

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#1 posted 750 days ago

It looks like red oak to me.

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#2 posted 750 days ago

My vote would also be oak. The grain is pretty distinctive.

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#3 posted 750 days ago

Acacia perhaps?

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#4 posted 750 days ago

That does not look like red oak to me. I have hundreds of bd ft of red oak in my shop and is nothing like these photos. Not sure what you have.

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#5 posted 750 days ago

Most inexpensive furniture is imported and much of it is from southeast asia. They frequently use local woods to produce the items. That might be rubber wood or monkeypod tree wood, both of which are frequently used.


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#6 posted 750 days ago

Herb is on the money. That is a tropical hardwood, for sure.

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#7 posted 750 days ago

Ahhh… Thank you Herb. I think it’s rubber wood. It looks exactly the same and it’s commonly used for these types of tables. Thank you very much for the responses. Looks like it’s commonly used for butcher blocks too so, not a bad find for an inexpensive butcher block. Thanks everyone!

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#8 posted 750 days ago

it is some specia of mahogany

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#9 posted 740 days ago

looks like para wood or rubber wood to me this is a tropical hardwood made from the rubber trees from rubber plantations after the tree has reached the end of its life cycle it usally imported

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#10 posted 740 days ago

I’m with Eric, looks like rubberwood to me with a stain.

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