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Forum topic by Heretedge posted 01-29-2014 05:06 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Heretedge

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01-29-2014 05:06 PM

I’m not even sure where to start with this type. I love diving for scraps at my local hardware store and this is something that I came out with.

It’s a fairly hard wood, it carves quite well to a certain extent.

The smell is unique, almost like a nutty type of smell? Not sure if that helps.

If the darker area is the heartwood, and lighter is the sapwood then it should be fairly easy to figure out, assuming the coloration is a normal occurrence for this type.

The end grain is quite tight, with what I would like to say a slightly more porous look, with small circles almost? I’m not sure how well you can tell that from my picture.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Also perhaps a good reference for identifying?


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Greg

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 05:22 PM

Man, that’s a toughy, but after much deliberation in my mind, Me thinks it is plantation teak. I am about 80% on that.

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 09:28 PM

Nice pictures. Send me a couple hundred feet of it and I’ll identify it with certainty, eventually.

I think consensus here is http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/ for wood ID.

Kindly,

Lee

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 01:40 AM

Hobbithouse and The Wood-Database are the most comprehensive on-line sites for wood id from pics. For physical identification you can send samples to the USDA (Center for Wood Anatomy at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive , Madison, WI 53726). I think they’ll do a couple samples for free. There is a book, “World Woods In Color” by Lincoln that is a great reference book, it has full size color plates of the most used commercial woods…The piece you found looks a lot like some Bubinga samples I have. Another possibility is Goncalo Alves. Does the store sell imported hardwoods?.........Wes

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 01:45 AM

Looks like Rosewood to me.

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Heretedge

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 01:55 AM

Wow thank you for that resource! I have known about thewooddatabase however sometimes it’s a bit tough to get decent variations of pictures. I think the hobbithouse definitely solves that issue!

I think this is bubinga now looking at the samples a bit and seeing the constant difference between sapwood and heart.

I have been trying to tack down a ‘complete’ encyclopedia of wood identification, and have yet to really want to pull the trigger on anything that I have found due to not being able to see it in person.

Also! I was wondering if anyone has ran across a wood identification program of sorts? A simple multiple choice setup where you would eventually whittle down your choices for what the wood could be? I plan on making a personal database that will also be online and was wondering if there was any interest for such an application?

Thanks!

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 02:57 AM

I am 100% sure that it is not a native hardwood. Look tropical with that pore pattern.

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#7 posted 01-30-2014 04:14 AM

bubinga is a good guess. def not gonocla alves. What about Santos Mahogany?

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alohafromberkeley

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#8 posted 01-30-2014 04:20 AM

Kevin,I have some rosewood samples, specifically Tulipwood (dalbergia frutescens) that has a striking simularity to the OP’s pics. I can’t see it in the dumpster but I think off cuts of misc woods could end up in a scrap bin. Store near me has a bin for high end cut offs that they sell by the pound- rosewoods, ebonies etc.

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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LiveEdge

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#9 posted 01-30-2014 09:24 PM

Boy, by the end grain it looks a lot like cumaru which will be really heavy. If it sinks in water my bet would be cumaru.

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Heretedge

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#10 posted 01-31-2014 12:35 AM

It does sink in water! And it also has the same type of smell as the wood database says it would, which is a faint vanilla/cinnamon smell. I think you are right sir!

Thank you!

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LiveEdge

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#11 posted 01-31-2014 02:24 AM

A few thousand linear feet on a deck tends to leave an impression… :)

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LiveEdge

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#12 posted 01-31-2014 02:28 AM

Ooh. Wood database says it lights up under a black light. You might cinch it with that.

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#13 posted 01-31-2014 02:38 AM

Could it be sycamore?

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WDHLT15

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#14 posted 01-31-2014 04:04 AM

No. That wood has a tropical pore pattern. Sycamore is diffuse porous with all pores very small and all the same size.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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