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

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by StephenSchaad posted 07-09-2012 06:54 PM 1248 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View StephenSchaad's profile


201 posts in 865 days

07-09-2012 06:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood table

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

10 replies so far

View chrisstef's profile


11112 posts in 1693 days

#1 posted 07-09-2012 07:13 PM

It looks like red oak to me.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

View Durnik150's profile


647 posts in 2008 days

#2 posted 07-09-2012 07:19 PM

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

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

View Brandon's profile


4139 posts in 1638 days

#3 posted 07-09-2012 07:21 PM

Acacia perhaps?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

View Greg..the Cajun  Box Sculptor's profile

Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

5178 posts in 1995 days

#4 posted 07-09-2012 07:21 PM

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.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

View HerbC's profile


1187 posts in 1546 days

#5 posted 07-09-2012 07:25 PM

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.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

View WDHLT15's profile


1169 posts in 1162 days

#6 posted 07-10-2012 01:44 AM

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

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

View StephenSchaad's profile


201 posts in 865 days

#7 posted 07-10-2012 03:06 AM

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!

View doughan's profile


96 posts in 1277 days

#8 posted 07-10-2012 03:24 AM

it is some specia of mahogany

View eric122's profile


93 posts in 1696 days

#9 posted 07-19-2012 07:21 PM

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

-- eric underwood

View 404 - Not Found's profile

404 - Not Found

2544 posts in 1655 days

#10 posted 07-19-2012 07:55 PM

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase