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Mustang67

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156 days ago

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Hi, I’m new to LumberJocks. Lately, I’ve been making furniture out of recycled wood, mostly from pallets. My latest project is a coffee table, and I came across several red pallets. After cleaning up the boards, this is what was underneath. I have no idea what kind of wood this is. That’s nothing new, but I’ve not seen anything like this. Anyone have any ideas? The picture doesn’t quite do it justice, the yellows are almost crayon yellow.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 156 days ago

My first thought was cedar, but now I don’t think so. Pretty wood though.

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#2 posted 156 days ago

Thanks Monte, It’s not like the eastern cedar I’ve carved. It’s quite a bit harder and heavier. Doesn’t have that cedar smell that I’m used to either. (I wouldn’t know about western cedar)

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#3 posted 156 days ago

How heavy/dense is it? Where did the pallet come from? Could be a tropical species if it was an oversea shipment.

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#4 posted 156 days ago

Looks somewhat like padauk, but I’d be amazed if that was in a used as pallet wood!

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Mustang67

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#5 posted 156 days ago

Hi bobasaurus, It’s heavier and denser than walnut, but not as heavy or dense as purple heart. I believe the pallets were imported from India, but not certain.

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#6 posted 156 days ago

Been using pallets frop a long time now, but I cannot ID that wood either. Pallets that come from asia and that general area are often mahogany. The Mahogany used in pallets is the leftover stuff they could seel to furniture suppliers or exporters. Sapwood mostly. (I’m not saying it’s Mahogany). Thing to keep in mind that pallets that are used for export have to be treated with heat and chemicals. The strange color could be from those treatments. I defenetley recommend wearing a mask when milling it. here is a link I have used in the past. pretty good database for wood ID. http://www.woodfinder.com/woods/red_gum.php

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