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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 340 days ago

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

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#2 posted 338 days ago

Thanks Cancharanay, much appreciated.

Anyone else have thoughts on the rest?

Thanks again!

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#3 posted 337 days ago

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 161 days ago

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 161 days ago

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 161 days ago

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 161 days ago

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 159 days ago

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#9 posted 155 days ago

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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