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Forum topic by MadJester posted 09-30-2014 12:35 AM 1339 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MadJester

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09-30-2014 12:35 AM

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Not sure if this is the right place for this…but here goes…I found a rather large chunk of wood at an estate sale about a year ago and I’ve been trying to research it ever since. It is very dense, heavy like a rock…it tears up a blade like I was trying to cut through it with a rubber band…the grain is very close and the whole thing is very dark on the outside, and when cut, very deep reddish brown on the inside (so it changes color from the air as it ages)...when cutting it, it smells like you are standing outside of Hershey Park…distinctly a chocolate smell. It is brittle when cut thin, but works up beautifully when sanded and finished…Here are some pics…

The inset on this box lid is the wood in question:
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Here is another pic of the box with matching knife scales:
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And here is a pic of the wood after it had been cut…the outside of the wood was darker, almost as dark as the finished pics above (the finish on them has NO stain…just some danish oil…)

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I appreciate all the help…I’ve gone from calling it Katalox, Jarrah, one person offered up Bubinga (which may be close…just not sure…)...some have said Rosewood…also a possibility….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle


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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 12:39 AM

I am horrible at wood I’d, but the wenge (spelling) my wife got me for my last birth was dark and very hard. It also smelled like chocolate when on the lathe.

Edit:
Doesn’t look like wenge though.

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MadJester

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 12:41 AM

Hmmm…I thought wenge was a lot darker when cut….I’ll do some research on that too…thanks!!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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WDHLT15

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 12:43 AM

Definitely a tropical hardwood of some type. I am a domestic guy, and do not do the tropical stuff.

You can see from the differing angle of the pores in subsequent annual rings that the grain is interlocked. Very typical of tropical hardwoods.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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richardwootton

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 12:48 AM

I’m not sure about the density, but it looks a bit like Red Palm to me.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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MadJester

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 12:49 AM

Yes, Danny…it most probably is…it’s heavy as all get out…..and absolutely tore up my buddy’s blade (his band saw was a bit deeper than mine, but his blade was nearly done anyhow…).....He tried to plane it, barely made a dent…and the drift when trying to cut it was crazy…also, I tried to put a slice of it through my thickness planer….BIG mistake…chipped all over the place…sounded like my planer was eating rocks…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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MadJester

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 12:49 AM

I’ll look that one up too Richard…thanks…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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MadJester

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 12:50 AM

Hmmm…no Richard….just from the few pics that popped up with Red Palm, doesn’t look anything like that but thanks…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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MadJester

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#8 posted 09-30-2014 12:53 AM

Looked up Black Palm also, but the Wood Database says it has no characteristic odor….this stuff definitely smells like chocolate….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mahdee

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#9 posted 09-30-2014 01:00 AM

Mahogany would be my guess.

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MadJester

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#10 posted 09-30-2014 01:03 AM

Oh, sorry, mrjinx….I’ve worked a lot of mahogany, and this stuff isn’t even close in my opinion…it’s far more dense and the grain pattern shows much larger pores…but thanks for the try…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Minorhero

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#11 posted 09-30-2014 01:09 AM

Sounds like Cocobolo with crosslinked grains.

Sorry thats all I got.

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MadJester

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#12 posted 09-30-2014 01:16 AM

Always a possibility Minorhero, but it’s not oily like the Cocobolo….takes a finish much easier…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Andre

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#13 posted 09-30-2014 01:42 AM

Looks a lot like Doussie, perhaps you got a piece with some silca in it?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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MadJester

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#14 posted 09-30-2014 01:59 AM

Andre…it seriously does look like Doussie…..very much so…the Wood Database says that it has no characteristic odor, but everything else as described seems to fit it perfectly…and odor is important, but it is much like color…what one person sees as green is not the same exact green that someone else might see…but the Doussie looks the closest so far!! Thanks!!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Doe

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#15 posted 09-30-2014 11:53 PM

It’s definitely not wenge or either palm; I’ve used all three. It sort of looks like Jatoba which is hard as a rock – turning tools need frequent sharpening. But I don’t remember the stripes (quarter cut maybe?).

I’d just call it pretty.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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