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KJS3

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05-15-2014 10:29 PM

Hello everyone,

I recently picked up some wood from someone off craigslist but am unsure of the species and so was he. He cleared out a custom staircase and moulding shop that was going under and this is some of the wood he found. It is heavy and gives you plenty of small splinters. Any help in identification would be greatly appreciated and let me know if I can provide any other details that would help.

Thanks,

Kyle


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#1 posted 05-15-2014 10:35 PM

Heavy and small splinter sure sounds like wenge, but the color looks nothing like the wenge I’ve had my hands on, unless it’s been sun bleached, but that presumably would only be on one side.

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 10:51 PM

Nearly positive it is going to be either Cumaru or Ipe. Both will sink in water.

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 11:47 PM

Thanks for the quick responses. Looking at pictures online it does look a lot like cumaru.

Has anyone worked with cumaru? I was thinking of making a tabletop and maybe some shelves. Not sure if it would be good for anything else. I guess I was hoping I scored a better wood but I will use it for something.

Thanks again!

Kyle

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#4 posted 05-15-2014 11:51 PM

It could be cumaru, although it doesn’t look a whole lot like the cumaru I’ve had in the past. I don’t remember it as being splintery wood either. It is heavy, very heavy. Quite hard also. To me it looks like some kind of African mahogany. Heavy is a relative thing. Is it heavier than Oak? Lighter than?

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#5 posted 05-15-2014 11:52 PM

Probably Mahogany

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KJS3

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#6 posted 05-16-2014 12:53 AM

To me it feels heavier than oak but I am still new to woodworking so I am not nearly as experienced as you all. Looking at pictures it kind of also looks like santos mahogany. Confusing. I will try to get some more pictures up.

One thing I saw for either santos or cumaru is that gluing can be problematic. Does anyone have experience with gluing panels or tabletops with these types of woods?

Thanks,

Kyle

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#7 posted 05-16-2014 12:59 AM

Could also be sapele or sipo. Looks like some mahogany variant to me.

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#8 posted 05-16-2014 03:38 PM

Can you cut a small end piece and see if it floats or sinks? Mahogany floats. Cumaru sinks. I agree with someone above that the main thing going against it being Cumaru are the splinters. I did a whole deck and don’t remember it being splintery at all.

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#9 posted 05-16-2014 04:31 PM

I will cut off a small section this weekend and see if it floats.

In reference to the wood being toublesome for glue, I also saw that some people clean the joining edges with alcohol to ensure the glue will set properly. Will this create a strong enough joint for a table top?

Thanks again for all the replies.

Kyle

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#10 posted 05-16-2014 04:35 PM

Mahogany based off of the grain pattern, but could be cumaru. Let us know how the sink test goes

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#11 posted 05-17-2014 10:29 PM

Okay so it definitely sunk so I guess that means it’s cumaru or ipe. I have put a few other pictures below.


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#12 posted 05-17-2014 10:34 PM

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 12:19 AM

I’d say definitely cumaru. I have a piece that looks almost identical to those last pics.

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 12:54 AM

Cumaru endgrain is quite distinctive to me. While it’s always hard to be sure, I had a good suspicion.

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#15 posted 05-18-2014 01:01 AM

Here are a couple pictures of a piece I have lying around from the deck. If you build something with it, let me know how it goes. I haven’t done anything with the ends I have.


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