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Forum topic by DanielGilreath posted 08-26-2013 08:29 AM 1324 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2013 08:29 AM

HI everyone! I am new to the forum and have been lurking around reading as much as I can.

I’ve recently come into some wood veneers for a project that I am preparing for, but they came as an unidentified lot and I am having some trouble coming up with what they may be.

Since they are veneers, I don’t know if weight will help, but I thought I would through it over to the experts for any advice.

Thanks so much in advance! Dan

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 08:47 AM

last one likes some caoba, first like okume (african wood) or cedar.

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#2 posted 08-28-2013 12:04 AM

Thanks Cancharanay, much appreciated.

Anyone else have thoughts on the rest?

Thanks again!

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 06:53 PM

Three suggestions:

1. Search on the Internet for “wood grain descriptions”. Begin with

2. Look at wood veneer suppliers online. They have photos. Order their catalogs.

3. Many veneer suppliers offer a box of veneer samples for a reasonable price. I still use one I bought from Constantine’s many years ago.

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 03:34 PM

There are photos of over 300 species on this site that you could compare the photos to:

-- Oakwood Veneer, Metro Detroit

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#5 posted 02-20-2014 04:07 PM

2nd pic right side looks like ash
2nd to last pic has a leopardwood pattern but is wrong color..maybe sycamore?
last pic looks like striped mahogany..I have a few boards of it

check out Joe has a great selection and good photos, that should give you a good idea of what you have

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#6 posted 02-20-2014 11:41 PM

Have you tried The Hobbit House? It’s one of most comprehensive visual sites for wood id and is an amazing reference site. ......Wes

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 12:33 AM

A quick ‘kick at the cat’.

1. Mahogany of some description
2. Left hand side…some sort of dyed engineered veneer, right hand side…quarter cut cherry.
3. Ugly veneer and your feet.
4. First thing that popped into my head was quarter cut cedar…speculation though.
5. Looks similar to lacewood, but the figure is too large and out of proportion…don’t know. In behind looks like quarter cut Wenge(is that the same piece as above with better color representation?). More feet.
6.Quarter cut Sapele.

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#8 posted 02-23-2014 02:51 AM

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#9 posted 02-26-2014 06:19 PM

After consulting our in-house expert, he believes the veneer are as follows:
1. Unidentifiable
2. Reconstituted Walnut Burl and Qtr Walnut
3. Reconstituted East Indian Rosewood and Reconstituted Wenge
4. Quartered Teak
5. Blackened Ash and either Figured Movingui or Figured Eucalyptus
6. Lightly Figured Sapele.
Hope this helps!

-- Oakwood Veneer, Metro Detroit

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