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Sawdustmaker115

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05-31-2014 08:41 PM

Ok, i got this wood sometime ago from a pallet, I’m going to be making some stuff that I’m going to sell out of my stock of this, So i need to know what species of wood this is.
It is pretty light(not really that dense), it is slightly redish brown, mostly just brown though, it has very large open pores(kinda like oak). If i had to guess what type of wood this is I would say it’s Tornillo(going off of what i found at The Wood Data Base) but I’m asking here cause i want to be sure of this.
Thanks in advanced!

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/


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#1 posted 05-31-2014 08:57 PM

It kind of looks like Spanish cedar. Is it easy to make an indent with you’re thumbnail?

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#2 posted 05-31-2014 09:07 PM

kinda sorta, the density of it reminds me of poplar

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 09:12 PM

just looked at what The Wood Data Base says about Spanish cedar, and it says quote ’’Odor: Has a distinct, lingering, cedar-like scent; this characteristic of the wood makes it a favorite for cigar boxes.’’ This has no order that i can smell.

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 09:50 PM

Probably some type of mahogany. The grain, open pores and color all look like a mahogany. Some mahogany’s will brown with exposure to weather and pallets get plenty of that

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#5 posted 05-31-2014 10:39 PM

I agree with Bruce, some type of mahogany. Kind of Honduranish

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Sawdustmaker115

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#6 posted 05-31-2014 10:41 PM

Do you think tornillo is even in the ball park
or do you guys think more of mahogany then tornillo?

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#7 posted 05-31-2014 11:22 PM

Boy, it sure looks like walnut to me.

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exelectrician

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#8 posted 05-31-2014 11:40 PM

Looks like a mahogany from a free C/L dining table I sawed up, I found it to be a little on the soft side, still trying to find a project to use it on.

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exelectrician

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#9 posted 05-31-2014 11:40 PM

Looks like mahogany from a free C/L dining table I sawed up, I found it to be a little on the soft side, still trying to find a project to use it on.

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#10 posted 06-01-2014 01:50 AM

Luan.

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Sawdustmaker115

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#11 posted 06-01-2014 02:25 AM

Yeah, i guess it could be a type of Lauan,
light red meranti maybe?

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panamawayne

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#12 posted 06-01-2014 03:17 AM

It’s not Spanish cedar, in the bottom photo it looks like Espave.???

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#13 posted 06-01-2014 03:46 AM

I don’t think I’ll ever know what it is for sure. To many choices, i just found a book that i have which has a bunch of hard woods in it and what i found there was Utile and maybe even Iroko. So now I’m lost i think I’ll just call it Meranti or Philippine Mahogany, does that seem to make sense though, being that it came from a shipping pallet i would assume that it wouldn’t be made of something of high value?

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#14 posted 06-01-2014 06:58 AM

Actually, people use whatever wood they can get locally for all kinds of purposes—like pallets—be it teak, walnut, oak, or luan. If it’s soft, it’s not iroko. Luan, aka Philippine mahogany, is quite soft, has open pores, and varies a lot in color, even in the same board.

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#15 posted 06-01-2014 11:23 AM

You guys probably already know this but:
It is my understanding that .gov will identify 5 pieces per household per year.

http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/centers/woodanatomy/wood_idfactsheet.php

Send your samples to:
Center for Wood Anatomy Research
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Dr.
Madison, WI 53726-2398

I just sent five samples a few weeks ago…..waiting on the results….
Just an FYI.

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