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A10GAC

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314 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question wood mystery help

In my travels this weekend I stopped at a tag sale and saw this box of wood sitting off to the side. A little haggling with the seller and it was mine for $8. The box is 24”x18”x6.5”,weighs about 25lbs, and is filled with offcuts and shorts of what appears to be exceptionally dense wood. At first I thought it might be walnut, but I’ve never seen walnut with this type of light/dark pattern. Some of the wood has a couple of nail or screw holes and most of it has the machine planed look that you can see in the bottom board.

Any ideas what it might be?

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 314 days ago

Looks to be Cocobolo, and/or maybe other types of rosewoods. Good stuff.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 314 days ago

Good stuff no doubt, good score A10GAC

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A10GAC

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#3 posted 314 days ago

I was thinking rosewood, but my only experience with that is old plane totes. Cocobolo didn’t even cross my mind…now I’m really curious as to what it was. The seller said it had been in the attic for years and didn’t remember ever putting it there.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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tefinn

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#4 posted 314 days ago

+1 on what ShaneA said. Possibly also Ironwood if it’s as dense and heavy as you say.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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cathyb

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#5 posted 314 days ago

I agree with cocobolo.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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cathyb

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#6 posted 314 days ago

If it’s a rosewood and you sand it, it will smell quite fragrant. If it is rosewood, that was a great bargain. Although the poor guy probably realized that he is allergic to rosewood and had to get it out of his shop. Just a thought…

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Loco

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#7 posted 314 days ago

$100 says it’s Hymenaea courbaril

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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Tony_S

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#8 posted 313 days ago

The good majority of it looks like Goncalo Alves, so I would assume it all is.

Does it have a waxy feel after a fresh cut?

A closeup of a fresh planed piece and one of the end grain would help as well.

-- Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker

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A10GAC

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#9 posted 313 days ago

I went out to the garage this morning and sanded a piece with 60 grit, planed the top and bottom faces and then made a cut with the miter saw…no real fragrance that I could tell. Just smells like wood, so I guess rosewood is out.

The first pictures are the face and end grain under fluorescent lights with the camera flash; the second were taken outside…it’s pretty overcast but I think the colors look more accurate in the second set.


The scoring is from the 24T blade on the miter saw, guess I need to sharpen.

Almost forgot…Tony_S: not a waxy feel, but very smooth

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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Tony_S

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#10 posted 313 days ago

Yep….I’m sticking to Goncalo Alves.

-- Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker

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robscastle

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#11 posted 295 days ago

A10GAC,

I have some New Guinea Rose wood and it is definitely not NG Rosewood, this is also confirmed by the posts between yourself and cathyb regarding its unique scent.

I have had no experience with cocobolo apart from seeing on this site, but it does look similar, as for the other suggestions I have no knowledge to comment, regardless it looks like a nice find for a project job.

-- Regards Robert

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Wolfdaddy

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#12 posted 295 days ago

Nice find, whatever it is! Cocobolo is a rosewood too, so I would assume it has a pretty distinct smell. I have no personal experience tho.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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dhazelton

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#13 posted 295 days ago

Main question – what do you have planned for it?

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Holbs

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#14 posted 295 days ago

A10 GAC… hmm… i recognize the A10 immediately (i was a missle/ammo weapons loader for that beast back in the iraqi war part 1). whats the GAC?

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A10GAC

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#15 posted 295 days ago

I dug around Google image search looking at Goncalo Alves after Tony S posted and found a few dead ringer photos…so since it has no distinct scent and matches the photos pretty well; I’m thinking that’s probably it.

@dhazelton – good question. I was looking at my plastic handled adjustable bevel a couple of days ago and thought it could use a new handle. I’ve been experimenting with ways to cut the slot that don’t involve ripping and regluing the blank, but the stuff cuts pretty hard. As an aside the Japanese pull saw didn’t work. I’m contemplating a wide blade on the bandsaw but that leaves a pretty rough surface, so I’m still working on that problem.

@Holbs – a relic of times gone by, it stands for Guidance and Control. Working fast movers in a different capacity now, but A-10s were good times.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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