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457 days ago

Does anyone have any thoughts on what this may be? It’s at a local auction house listed as “lumber”

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#1 posted 457 days ago

My scientific wild a$$ guess (swag) is Cherry.


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#2 posted 457 days ago

That was my first thought too, but I looked at other items they had for sale in the auction and they had a few boards of cherry specifically called out:

The “lumber” auction appears to be a bit more orange and a bit different grain. But who knows.

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#3 posted 457 days ago

I am going out on a limb and saying that is Mahogany. That crazy interlocking grain in the last picture looks just like characteristics of Mah. The picture with the thick stock, looks like Spanish Cedar. Span. Cedar has a strong smell to it. Good luck with it.

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#4 posted 457 days ago

And those are my two guesses MBD, but didnt want to impart my biases onto the thread…yet. Unfortunately I can not get down to take a look (and smell), so really debating if I want to take a risk here.

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#5 posted 457 days ago

Cherry… I am most definitely sure cherry.. okay a little doubt.. BUT

That last board with the figuring is called “Fire Grain” it is places where the cells and fibers actually twist around each other in opposing directions… if they were larger in size they would be called “Blotches”.. which to me… since this is my favorite wood.. is us an insult.

I made a wand out of fire grain cherry. I also have it in small bits in my house.. I have been slowly remodeling my condo all in American Black Cherry… built-ins and all the trim fixings… I know this wood very well is all its colors, textures, and figuring. When I get home to tonight I will snap some pictures of my favorite boards.. which I put in prominent locations.. one is a trim piece when you walk into our bedroom.. the other great piece I used as the top rail of my Dining room wainscoting. When you walk by it.. the light hits the figuring and it shimmers and undulates like water.. beautiful stuff. I want that board!!!

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#6 posted 457 days ago

Looks more like the amber hues of mahogany. You’ll know more as you plane it up.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 457 days ago

It’s got value, anyway, and I suspect there’ll be little competition. You could estimate the board footage from the images. I bet it goes for less than $2/ft.

I’m in the mahogany camp, but it might not be all the same species.



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#8 posted 456 days ago

I vote mahogany.

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#9 posted 456 days ago

I would say mahogany, like the others who said it, but somebody said spanish cedar and I just don’t know. I don’t think it’s cherry.

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#10 posted 456 days ago

It does kind of remind me of Spanish cedar in color but the grain pattern doesn’t look quite right and if I remember correctly Spanish Cedar doesn’t have the aroma that aromatic cedar does. It could be cherry or possibly tropical. All that to say I’m no expert but I’d probably bid on it any way. I’m a wood hoarder if I can get it at a decent price.

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#12 posted 456 days ago

Hmm, blackcherry says mahogany. I’m waitning for mahogany to say blackcherry. It’s a slow day at work so that’s why the jokes are bad.

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#13 posted 456 days ago

It might be kind of hard to tell exactly what it is as it’s sun faded. Once you own it, sand a clean spot and then try to tell.

If I were try to guess I would think that it’s “notuptus” or possibly “damifino.”

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#14 posted 456 days ago

My vote is for Spanish cedar. The blueish greenish paint on the ends screams Spanish cedar to me. Color looks about right too.

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#15 posted 456 days ago

If it’s light and has a pungant smell it’s spanish cedar, which looks alot like mahogany, if it is heavier, then it’s most likely a mahogany of some sort. There are a few other varieties of wood that will look like this in the cherry family, but not north american cherries. Jatoba, and makore come to mind, if it’s either of those it’s a pretty wood, but hard on tools. Just hard to say when it’s still rough sawn.

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