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07-18-2014 12:40 AM

I wanted to get the saw marks out of the wood so I started with 120 grit. This wasn’t working so I moved down to 60. Still no good. Then I went to 40. The small piece of wood I have in my hand took half an hour with a hand sander to get it like that. Any Ideas? Is this possibly old growth? Or is this some other wood that was mistaken for Walnut? I’ve worked with Walnut quite a bit and have never seen anything like this, with any wood. I could cut through steel a lot quicker that this.


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#1 posted 07-18-2014 12:43 AM

Tropical hardwood. I’m guessing Ipe. Is it really heavy?

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 12:48 AM

A 2” x 9” x 8’ weighs approximately 80 pounds.

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 12:55 AM

I’ve been working with walnut all week and 100 grit shaves it effortlessly. That end grain shot looks like some pretty dense stuff whatever it is.

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 12:58 AM

Ipe would also be my guess. Incredibly heavy, hard and dense.

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 01:00 AM

I’m actually still leaning towards Walnut, just maybe old growth(?). Like I said, I’ve worked with Walnut quite a bit (because it’s my favorite) and it looks as much like Walnut as ever could be. Is it possible for old growth wood to be this much tougher?

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 01:03 AM

looks, works and weighs like ipe. I’ve built docks with it and it’s so dense it sinks like a a stone when you drop a piece in water. Tried using a jigsaw to cut out slots for recessed lights in the risers on the stairs and the blade just seized in the lumber. Like to have beat the jigsaw to pieces. Ended up having to route the slots out. Tough stuff and really pretty with the right finish applied but very challenging to work with.

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#7 posted 07-18-2014 01:04 AM

Does it smell like walnut?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#8 posted 07-18-2014 01:05 AM

After looking at some pictures of Ipe, I have to say it does look a lot alike. Is Ipe worth as much as Walnut?

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#9 posted 07-18-2014 01:07 AM

It doesn’t have much of a smell, sort of like cardboard.

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 01:08 AM

Doubt it’s walnut then.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 01:09 AM

I don’t know from experience on old growth, antique walnut, but Ipe is very hard, dense, heavy, and puts out a greenish dust when sawn, very oily, and does not glue well without first washing it thoroughly with acetone, mineral spirits, etc.

Does this have a greenish dust? Also, Ipe has a distinct odor when cut, as does walnut. They are not similar. I love the smell of walnut, but do not enjoy the smell of Ipe. Many pieces have the same color as walnut, though often more reddish. The grain is different, but not entirely so. Some pieces might look like walnut.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#12 posted 07-18-2014 01:14 AM

No, the dust is mocha brown.

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#13 posted 07-18-2014 01:16 AM

It cut just like some Hickory that I had. I just thought my blade was getting dull.

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#14 posted 07-18-2014 01:51 AM

Looks like Ipe’ to me. The wood floor people call it “Brazilian Walnut”

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#15 posted 07-18-2014 02:17 AM

+1 for ipe being calling brazilian walnut in the flooring industry. A box that is 3”x9”x88” weights approx 85 lbs. a similar sized box of american walnut weighs less than 58 lbs.

price wise we sell american (8.79 sq ft) and brazilian walnuts (9.19 sq ft) are pretty similar in price.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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