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harum

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81 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question wood species walnut diffuse porous

Brought several boards of some hardwood from a garage sale, which was sold to me as oak. It is very different from red or white oak that I have though. This wood is diffuse-porous, light color, has visible sheen and of medium density. I thought that it might be a walnut, which turned blonde because of aging. Its color is too light for aged mahogany or sapele… Any hint on what it might be would be greatly appreciated. Please see the photos. Thanks and best wishes, h.

-- Having finished many DIY projects, I still don't know how things should be done, but I surely know how they should not be done.


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summerfi

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#1 posted 81 days ago

Looks like some type of mahogany, maybe luan or Philippine.

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#2 posted 81 days ago

Mahogany

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#3 posted 81 days ago

Thanks. Yes, it matches the description of white meranti or Philippine mahogany from The Wood Database.

-- Having finished many DIY projects, I still don't know how things should be done, but I surely know how they should not be done.

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#4 posted 81 days ago

Looks like mahogany to me too.

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#5 posted 81 days ago

I agree. It looks like a mahogany!!

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#6 posted 81 days ago

Thanks! I assume, but not 100% sure, that because of the color it is related to lauan/meranti/Philippine mahogany, which, of course, are not related to “true” mahoganies. Still wondering if this wood would do well in gluing and staining… Some mahoganies don’t.

Interestingly, that whitish thin stripe along the annual rings, visible in the end grain photo, has a metal-like luster: not visible at some angles but reflects light at other. Maybe this helps …

-- Having finished many DIY projects, I still don't know how things should be done, but I surely know how they should not be done.

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mantwi

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#7 posted 81 days ago

I once used some Philippine Mahogany salvaged from an old church remodel to build my mother-inlaw a side table. That was about 20 years ago and it has held up quite nicely. It machines and glues up very well and staining is no problem. I’d recommend using layers of dye stains to build color because the luan has nowhere the visual appeal of real Mahogany, a little artful enhancement can make it beautiful though.

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EPJartisan

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#8 posted 81 days ago

I was gonna rely on the Mahogany call, I have not really worked in Mahogany, but I do find those lines of crystals in jatoba all the time. Not that the grain matches at all.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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LeTurbo

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#9 posted 81 days ago

It looks like meranti/Philippine mahogany to me too. We use it in South Africa as a fairly standard wood – most hardware stores carry it as a basic range together with pine. Quality varies dramatically; it can be a very light sapwood with a nasty grey colour and no backbone, or a dense red heartwood which is significantly harder. The latter, like you have, works well, takes chisel cuts nicely with little breakout, sands smooth, and glues great. I do find I need to stain to bring it all to an even tone.

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Yonak

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#10 posted 81 days ago

I don’t know .. it could be walnut. Here’s a sample picture of black walnut for comparison :

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harum

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#11 posted 80 days ago

Yonak: Thanks for the photo. The pore pattern is very similar between the two—amazing! What differs is (a) the overall color; and (b) the board on your photo has top to bottom stripes of slight color variation, which, AFAIK, is typical of walnut and which are missing in my mistery wood.

-- Having finished many DIY projects, I still don't know how things should be done, but I surely know how they should not be done.

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realcowtown_eric

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#12 posted 80 days ago

I’m gonna go along with the mahogany idea, but there is a gadzillion different varieties of that species, and sellers play fast an loose with monikers.

Bottom line is to me, some kind of mahogany or something else…

That’s my best guess. Good luck

Eric

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 80 days ago

It is definitely tropical.

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#14 posted 80 days ago

Definitely mahogany.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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#15 posted 80 days ago

Hmmm to me that looks like eucalyptus?

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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