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Forum topic by Jim88 posted 12-16-2013 04:48 PM 909 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2013 04:48 PM

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I got this timber from a couple of salvaged table tops from an old factory and now having now cleaned it up. I’m at a loss as to what it could be. It doesn’t show up to well in the pics but the wood is a very red in colour.

Any help from you guys would be excellent.

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 04:50 PM

The second picture in the link above looks to be mahogany.

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 05:11 PM

Could also be sapele.

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 06:33 PM

Sapele – African mahogany. Does it have a spicy smell when cut?

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 06:33 PM

Are these all the same wood? The middle 2 pictures look like mahogany, the first and last pictures look like chestnut but the pics are dark and low contrast.

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 08:05 PM

It does kind of resemble African Mahogany, but tough to say for sure. The African Mahogany I’ve seen has straighter grain and not as much character. Just don’t know.

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 09:14 PM

Here are a couple sapele planks for comparison.

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 09:15 PM

Thanks for all the reply’s, yes they are all the same wood I’ve got just over 78ft and picked out these 3 boards that kind of represent the whole lot. I also wondered about Sapele I have a small piece that I compared it to and in the straight grained peices it does look the same but as you say bbc557ci there is a lot of character in the timber for it to be Sapele.

It does have very strong odour when planing up. I did wonder if age could affect the timber it could be up to 60 years old, its a very deep red colour unfortunately there was poor lighting and I know the colour cant really be made out

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 09:17 PM

Wolfdaddy, I’d say looking at that picture with the character present it must be the same wood.

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 09:36 PM

Mahogany

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#10 posted 12-17-2013 03:17 AM

Looks like birch to me.

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#11 posted 12-17-2013 03:20 AM

Something in the Mahogany family. Tough to tell Sapele and Mahogany apart in most picture.

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