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08-06-2013 12:50 PM

I picked up this piece of wood from a flooring shop that was moving. It measures approximately 14” x 24” x 1-1/4”. At first, based on the orangish/reddish tint, I thought that it might be cherry. After several passes through a drum sander, I ended up with something that looks more like black walnut than cherry (I know that it isn’t walnut!).

The wood has no noticeable scent to it and the sanded portions are waxy to the touch. Any ideas of what I am dealing with here?


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#1 posted 08-06-2013 10:44 PM

Paul at HobbitHouseInc.com said that this is probably either Shedua or Teak.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 10:54 PM

Looks like Teak, which feels waxy to touch. It is sometimes used for high end flooring, outdoor furniture, and very much so for marine use.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 10:57 PM

If you have a scale – get the weight and figure it’s density. You can see if it is one of the heavy oily exotics like teak or other Brazilian wood.

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 12:01 PM

I think that it is hickory or pecan. Is it hard as hades? At least it would be a cousin to walnut as they are all in the same family! Excellent pics, BTW, especially of the end grain.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 12:48 PM

Danny,

It sanded fairly easily so I doubt that it is hickory. I am somewhat familar with hickory and very familar with pecan and walnut and I doubt that it is either of these.
You probably have forgotten more about woods than I will ever know. However, I am going with Teak as the seller did have some teak flooring.

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 08:06 PM

Looks like teak to me. Very oily stuff. Love it.

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 09:46 PM

The first picture really looks like hedgeapple to me, some people call it osage orange.

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 10:01 PM

Woodendeavor, I thought Osage Orange at first also, except for the ‘waxy’ comment.
Osage Orange is a bugger to cut but sands nicely. The darkness comes from exposure to light. If it was sanded or planed just a bit it would return to it’s original yellowish color.

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 10:03 PM

Paul is a real expert I would not debate what he came up with.

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 10:56 PM

Who is Paul?

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#11 posted 08-07-2013 10:58 PM

Read post #1.

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 11:00 PM

“Doh” (ala Homer Simpson!!) (I was reading the responses from the other LJs and I didn’t bother to read my own post.)

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#13 posted 08-08-2013 02:28 AM

Looking at the pics again, I think that you are right. Once you know hickory, you never forget it!!!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#14 posted 08-08-2013 03:44 AM

The color is off, end grain reminds me of Ipe, but not the grain pattern, Jatoba can look similiar but the color is way off. So I’m gonna go with Shedua, the wood I’ve never handled, cause it don’t quite look exactly like teak to me.

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