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Forum topic by Mustang67 posted 02-23-2014 04:56 AM 895 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 04:56 AM

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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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#1 posted 02-23-2014 05:08 AM

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 05:45 AM

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 02-23-2014 07:10 AM

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 02-23-2014 07:15 AM

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

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 07:20 AM

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 02-23-2014 07:31 AM

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.

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