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Mr M's Woodshop

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10-07-2013 02:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany cherry

I recently bought 19x boards from a guy that was selling lumber that his Dad had bought. The seller was not a woodworker, and based on the dirt on the boards, they had been in storage for a while.

Most of the boards were labeled on their edge, but there a few boards labeled “mohogany” that are very different looks. One has great figure, and then a few are almost uniformly cherry colored, with a few sap extrusions (?) on the face of the boards.

Can you tell me which is what?

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#1 posted 10-07-2013 02:03 AM

I vote cherry for the 2nd pic, only because it looks exactly like the common cherry boards I was working on today.
Edit: Is that first one kind of light-weight and stringy? The look reminds me of that mahogany they make the doorskins out of.

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 02:07 AM

Looks like possibly maple or Sycamore in the first pic

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 02:57 AM

The first picture looks like a mahogany species to me. I have some “red mahogany” that looks identical.

The second pic looks like cherry.

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 04:36 AM

My vote is mahogany and cherry

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 07:23 AM

#1. Sapele ?? (it’s not Honduran mahogany)

#2. Cherry

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 10:01 AM

1st board I would say is QS Sycamore. 2nd board I would say is cherry.

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#7 posted 10-07-2013 10:20 AM

The first board is indicative of mahogany and second is cherry

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#8 posted 10-07-2013 11:57 AM

I have worked with it a few times, the first picture is Quarter sawn Sycamore IMHO

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#9 posted 10-07-2013 12:07 PM

first is possibly mahogany and second is most likely cherry

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#10 posted 10-07-2013 12:16 PM

The top board is one of the pacific “mahogany” species. You can tell by the top of the board with its open grain structure. That also indicates that it is not sycamore.

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#11 posted 10-07-2013 12:31 PM

2. could also be pear

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#12 posted 10-07-2013 12:44 PM

1. Qsawn something, doesn’t look like mahogany to me.
2. Another vote for cherry.

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#13 posted 10-07-2013 02:16 PM

I should also mention that I’m in southern California. Quartersawn sycamore seems unlikely to me; I’ve never seen it for sale here. I think the 2nd picture is cherry … that’s the first thought I had when I bought it.

The first board is clearly labeled “mohogany.” The grain flecks are rectanglular … the sycamore photos I’ve seen have flecks that are more rounded than this board presents. I think.

Unfortunately, I’ve never worked with cherry or mahogany, so I’m unfamiliar with both.

I mean, FORTUNATELY, I’m getting more experience with more wood!

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#14 posted 10-07-2013 04:25 PM

Second board cherry. First board could be soft maple.

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#15 posted 10-08-2013 01:10 AM

I am going with quartersawn sycamore and cherry, too.

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