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summerfi

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07-25-2014 04:22 PM

I picked up this wood at a yard sale this morning for $2. I’m certain it’s all tropical hardwood, but I don’t know the species. Anyone care to take a stab at it? There are at least two, and possibly as many as four, separate species. The wood in the last picture has a finish on it, but the others do not.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad


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#1 posted 07-25-2014 04:24 PM

Cocobolo? How heavy is it?

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 04:31 PM

The wood in the 2nd and 3rd pics is about the weight of walnut or maybe a little lighter (but I know it’s not walnut). The wood in the 4th pic is much heavier, about the weight of rosewood.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 04:34 PM

Can’t help ya, Bob. But it sure is purdy!
Nice score.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 07-25-2014 04:45 PM

I was gonna guess cocobolo too. I have a piece that looks a lot like those center ones, even has the light sapwood. Its pretty heavy though and has an oily feel, definitly heavier then walnut

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#5 posted 07-25-2014 04:50 PM

Yeah, cocobolo is quite heavy. Bottom picture doesn’t look like cocobolo, but the middle 2 do. But the weight doesn’t jibe with it.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#6 posted 07-25-2014 04:53 PM

If it isn’t cocobola, it sure looks like it falls somewhere in the rosewood family.

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#7 posted 07-25-2014 05:31 PM

The last pic looks like mahogany…

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#8 posted 07-25-2014 08:26 PM

I haven’t a clue what it is. But for TWO BUCKS?

I’d say you get a big YOU SUCK for that!

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#9 posted 07-25-2014 10:30 PM

I have some wood that looks like that from an estate sale. I
have considered in to be padauk for a long time.

If you plane off some of the surface (by hand) and a
different color is revealed that indicates something. Some
woods react to oxidation over time… most do but in
some cases it’s a major color change.

The stuff on the right looks like a mahogany but if it’s heavy
it may be something else.

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#10 posted 07-25-2014 10:51 PM

I’m was thinking acacia for the middle pic. Its light, strong but can dent, and has those gorgeous color patterns and white sapwood. But the figure is off…

oh and…

...

YOU SUCK! lol

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#11 posted 07-25-2014 10:54 PM

You got hosed bud. Sorry, but for $2 you overpaid. Lol

I have no idea what any of them are, but they look great. Nice score.

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#12 posted 07-25-2014 11:20 PM

all I see is a bunch of plane totes. I agree, looks like some different kind of rosewood.

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#13 posted 07-26-2014 12:20 AM

Joseph may be on to something. I googled pictures of acacia and there is a strong resemblance. There are many types of acacia it appears. The wood in the last pic is much heavier and denser, so it is a different species I’m sure. It’s not mahogany.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#14 posted 07-26-2014 12:33 AM



all I see is a bunch of plane totes.

- Don W

Of course you do. And that stuff in the middle would make some gorgeous ones.

Bob, all that for $2? Dude, you royally suck!

Great snag.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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