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Forum topic by Chris Speights posted 12-14-2012 01:39 PM 675 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris Speights

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12-14-2012 01:39 PM

I bought a truck load of wood a while back for like $200. It was mostly ERC, walnut, cherry and red oak. A guy was just closing down his shop and wanted it all gone. There were some exotic pieces in there, as well, cocobolo, rosewood and purple heart.

Yesterday, I was working on a cross and needed some dark wood to accent some maple. I pulled out a dark piece, not sure what I thought it was, just new it was really dark brown. I ran it through the joiner and the planer and this is what was underneath the dark brown coating. What is this?


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#1 posted 12-14-2012 02:30 PM

What is this?

Uh, amazing? Seriously I don’t know, but I’d save that piece for something special. How thick is it?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 02:35 PM

Bocote?

-- Power to the people.

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 02:42 PM

Haha, I thought the same thing, Ed. Erik, I don’t know, I haven’t done a lot of research. Besides coming to my fellow LJs, where there is a neverending fountain of knowledge =)

It is approximately an inch thick. Was a little thicker, but planed down between 1/8” and 1/4”. It is 46” long and aout 4” wide.

It’s beautiful wood, whatever it is.

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 02:50 PM

That does look like Bocote…
Especially in the top picture.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 02:52 PM

Is it fairly soft and easy to cut? If so, I also think bocote. It’s a beautiful piece of wood.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 02:54 PM

I haven’t cut anything, yet, other than planing, but it seems heavy/dense and hard…

But, just looked up images of Bocote and I do believe you guys are right. The images I found look very much like this.

Thanks for your help!

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 03:05 PM

With that kind of figure, did you have much tear out on the jointer & planer?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 03:08 PM

No tear out at all. Smooth as could be.

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#9 posted 12-14-2012 05:51 PM

It’d be a lot easier to identify if the variable of exotics weren’t in the equation. Can you cut a piece of the end with a sharp chisel or razor blade, then post a close-up? Seeing the ring structure will help a lot. Also a clear photo of the edge of the board might show ray structure, which would also give a clue. I have milled some post oak that came out looking like that. The swirled grain is more likely the result of an injury when the tree was young than a property of any species.

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

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