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Forum topic by CiscoKid posted 04-30-2013 12:46 PM 1051 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2013 12:46 PM

Found these two boards in the lumber pile in my shop. Pretty sure I knew what they were when I bought them, but you know how that goes. Only thing I know for sure is they aren’t domestic. Very heavy, very hard, slightly open grain, strange spots of color all over them. Anyone have an idea what they are?

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 09:17 PM

Ipe, also called Brazillian Walnut.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#2 posted 04-30-2013 09:19 PM

My guess, and it is a total guess, is that it looks a lot like a waterfall Bubinga. The density and the slightly reddish/pink tinge are what convinced me. Even if it turns out to be something else, you have some nice material there.

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

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 09:48 PM

Thanks, guys. I’ve purchased both in the past so it could be either. One of these days I need to buy a white marker and write on these things when I bring them home. Sometimes they can sit for years in my shop or in my basement before I use them.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 09:53 PM

Here’s where I look to ID wood

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 10:02 PM

After looking at 57 different photos of Ipe in all of it’s permutations and roughly 100 pics of Bubinga in all of it’s permutations, I think it may be Bubinga after all. I couldn’t find a single photo of Ipe with the weird “eye” figuring. I once made a guitar amp cabinet out of bubinga and wondered what had happened to the remaining material. I may have found it. I sourced Hobbithouse to get the photos of the materials.

Here’s a shot of the amp cabinet I made from bubinga.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#6 posted 04-30-2013 10:05 PM

I do too A1Jim, but when you don’t have a clue what letter it begins with, that can take all day. I needed a clue to get me in the right general direction.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 04-30-2013 11:38 PM

I don’t know, but I would not mine having some like it.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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