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352 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question wood help

I was given about 300 BF of walnut (Don’t be too jealous – Only so far about 60 feet is usable, the rest destroyed by termites)

Along with the walnut I got this board. Its pretty heavy. I’m thinking mahogany? I put some mineral spirits on one half to see the grain.


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#1 posted 352 days ago

Quarter sawn sycamore

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#2 posted 352 days ago

What Shane said.

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#3 posted 352 days ago

I don’t think that is mahogany. m Mahogany is much darker and has a lot more straighter grains in the wood then that piece. It is a very nice piece of wood though.

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#4 posted 352 days ago

I didn’t know sycamore got that dark. Nice looking stuff, though.

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#5 posted 352 days ago

I can’t say, but I would use it for something. Perhaps resaw it extensively, to expose more of that lovely grain.

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#6 posted 352 days ago

What Shane said x2.

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#7 posted 352 days ago

It has distinctive swirling figures of sycamore.

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#8 posted 351 days ago

Never saw sycamore that dark. But whatever it is it definately appears quartersawn.

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#9 posted 351 days ago

I am leaning more towards quartersawn cherry. Sycamore generally has a more pronounced ray fleck, more like this.

The color is more like cherry than sycamore.

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#10 posted 351 days ago

I have some of that, it’s old cherry I have some thats black and beautiful CHERRY CHERRY

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#11 posted 351 days ago

Sycamore can be somewhat dark. The OP pic is a bit red compared to what I have seen in QS Sycamore. However, the QS cherry I have seen tends to have “rays” more in line with QS maple. This boards looks to have the “snake like” rays I associate w/QS Sycamore. The weight of the board would be pretty light, if it were sycamore, and it would cut more easy than cherry. No matter what it is, it is good looking.

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#12 posted 351 days ago

sycamore has a little differ grain pattern than cherry when qt sawn a little coarser you mite say

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#13 posted 351 days ago

Cherry

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#14 posted 351 days ago

It’s very dark and heavy. I looked at qs sycamore pics. Very similar to what I have but in the descriptions sycamore seems to be light. This is very dark, reddish and heavy.

Can sycamore be dense like that it is that more a characteristic of cherry?

The rough sawn side is VERY dark.

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#15 posted 351 days ago

To me, sycamore is pretty light and soft stuff. Cuts real easy compared to most hard woods. The grain is a dead ringer to QS sycamore, but I now have doubts on the color and redness of the piece. As I stated above the grain looks a bit different from the QS cherry I have seen. But honestly, I have not seen a lot of QS cherry.

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