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05-04-2014 12:06 AM

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Hi everyone I’ve just joined L/J and I’m just starting my second project, a clock, with the help of Travis (Dakotawood).
I was going to make it all in Oak but I’ve run out of all I need, but I have some other stuff which I think is Teak, but I’m not sure, so I’ve come on here to see if anyone can help.
It’s slightly pinky and at first I thought it was Mahogany, it’s quite oily and when you pass it through a table saw it draws the oil to the surface, it works really easy, but the cross grain can give at the edges and you have to be careful when sanding by hand as it’s real easy to get bad splinters. It’s really heavy, I would say at least twice or maybe 3 times the weight of pine. Anyway that’s all the information I can give you, so here’s some photo’s perhaps they will help.

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-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)


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#1 posted 05-04-2014 01:52 AM

It could be.. or mahogany?

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 01:54 AM

The more I look at it, the more it looks like mahogany.

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 03:03 AM

Doesn’t look like any teak I’ve ever used. If it were teak you would have noticed a very distinctive smell when you cut it. Nothing smells like teak. We used to call it the smell of money.

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 03:52 AM

Not teak. Probably not mahogany, either, if it is that much heavier than pine. Perhaps ipe? (http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/ipe/)

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 04:26 AM

Ipe was my first thought as well.

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 08:35 AM

It looks like Ipe….I’m gonna go scrub my eye’s with turpentine now.

You should burn it, run away screaming, repent to the wood gods and promise to never let it shadow your doorway again.

Some woods are just evil….

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#7 posted 05-04-2014 08:43 AM

Thanks for your replies,much appreciated. I’ve only just got back to you as my post had to be checked out and also I live in England so there’s a time difference .
I’ve had a sniff at me wood lol, and it is different.
I inherited the wood from my father in law who was into turning and had bought a fair amount of exotics, not sure it this was some of them, it came as 4 lengths of roughly inch and three quarters by six. The darker piece showin is the outside edge that I had sanded but not really cut into, so it’s probably dark through age and the oil in the wood.
I’m just going onto Google to find out what Ipe is.
The last photo was taken under artificial lighting.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#8 posted 05-04-2014 09:07 AM

Hey Tony I’m glad to say it doesn’t sound to much like Ipe. Checked out Ipe on google and the main difference to what I’m using is that I find it easy to work with certainly easier than than Oak and it said on there that it was very hard and difficult to work with.
One thing I noticed was even when I sanded it down with 400 grit and it was smooth, when you ran your hand against the grain you could still feel little prickly bits.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#9 posted 05-04-2014 05:00 PM

Thanks for the link Mark didn’t see that until after I’d Googled it.
Dave.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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