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10-22-2012 07:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question wood hardwood identifying hardwood species elm red elm wood type

Hi,

I pulled some wood out of a barn in S. Michigan and am trying to identify the wood in the pictures. It is straight grained, porous, light weight with a reddish-brown color. Looks kind of like Walnut except for the color and weight. My best guess is Butternut. Can anyone confirm this?


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#1 posted 10-22-2012 09:04 PM

Mahogany, Africian maybe?????

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 09:06 PM

No, it would be native to Southern Michigan. It has been in the barn for many decades.

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 09:10 PM

Butternut looks more like oak in its grain structure and appearance. I’m with Gshepherd…looks like mahogany to me.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 09:11 PM

I know you think this must be native to Michigan, but I’m about 90% sure or better that it is mahogany, probably cuban.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 09:25 PM

You can’t tell by the picture, but the wood is very light weight. Mahogany is much heavier. To me, the grain pattern looks a lot like Walnut which is why I thought of Butternut because its nickname is “White Walnut” and is supposed look nearly identical to Walnut when stained.

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 09:32 PM

Maghony

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 09:36 PM

Mahogany here as well…99.9 sure…BC

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 09:37 PM

If you look at this project of mine, it is a close match. This is unstained, just water-based poly and if you look at the last pic before the finish was on it, you will see it looks a lot like what you have. It is fairly lightweight, compared to maple or oak, but slightly heavier than pine. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47306

If you look at this project, you will see what butternut looks like.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/51416

I have been known to be wrong, a lot if you ask my wife.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 09:51 PM

I am not complaining if it is Mahogany, I just can’t for the life of me see how it would be Mahogany. If it is, there is a ton of it in rough cut boards in the barn. My father had about 10K board feet of domestic hardwood in the barn. Most of it he slabbed himself with a chainsaw mill. I just don’t see him forking up the cash for the Mahogany when he had access to so much native hardwood – ash, white oak, red oak, black cherry, walnut etc. Is it possible it could be heartwood from a native species?

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#10 posted 10-22-2012 10:02 PM

It really does look like Mahogany though when I compare the samples to the pictures. My father never mentioned that he had it. I guess this is a good problem to have.

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#11 posted 10-22-2012 10:23 PM

Michigan, Great Lakes, connection….... Boating….... Boats, Mahogany…... I have Quilted Mahogany, Santos,Africian,Cuban,Hondarus,Mahg Crotch Panels galore vs any other wood in my shop and when I saw the pic that is what slapped me in the face….. Santos is very heavy and dense, From what I see you have some nice mahogany there, as Dale mentioned cuban, you could have some pretty sweet stuff there….. Are any of the boards fuzzy???? Even when rough cut you will get fuzzy’s….. Other than Santos, not a true mahogany in my book, the mahoganys are fairly light weight anyway…. Great to work with, Wood of the kings and queens from days gone by…..

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#12 posted 10-22-2012 10:40 PM

I am pretty excited. I thought it was a bunch of old rough cut black cherry and didn’t bother to look closer since I have a lot of black cherry already. Most of them are thick boards 6/4 to 8/4 around 7 to 14” wide. What a nice surprise.

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#13 posted 10-22-2012 10:44 PM

Another vote for some type of Mahogany. Super score.

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#14 posted 10-22-2012 11:04 PM

Maybe it is a balsa/mahogany hybrid

sorry, slow day job hunting….

Like Shane said, great score.

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#15 posted 10-22-2012 11:28 PM

Keep in mind most all woodworkers probably aren’t that rational when in comes to wood. I could have a orchard of walnut, cherry, and pecan tree, enough to last ten lifetimes…and I’d probably still find a way to hoard all the mahogany I could!

Good for you. That’s some beautiful wood.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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