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10-07-2014 11:21 PM

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Hi all. My father was a cabinet maker and woodworker in the 70’s and 80’s and he was quite a craftsman. He kept all his wood and never really talked much about it. All he ever told my mom and me is that he kept some pieces and it is really old. A few years back he had a major stroke and I moved home to care for him. living there and being a woodworker myself I saw this wood and was naturally curious. My mother told me that he had always meant to give it to me when the time was right.I would like to build something with it with him as i am using woodworking in his recovery therapy (he is getting pretty good at sanding again!) Dad has made a great recovery but he can’t remember what kind of wood it is. I have rounded the ends of a few of the short pieces but do not Wanna mess with the longer pieces until I know what it is. I have about 20 feet in 8/4×12’’ wide. its pretty hard, and has some beautiful gold figure running thru it when water is applied and light. I’ll post some pics maybe one of u will have an idea.


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#1 posted 10-07-2014 11:23 PM

Possibly a type of mahogany. Looks nice.

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 12:13 AM

If by “gold figure” you mean chatoyance then African Mahogany (also known as Khaya) wouldn’t be a bad start. If you think your dad could have obtained some real exotics it sorta reminds me of Koa which also can have chatoyance.

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#3 posted 10-08-2014 12:49 AM

I will second the notion of Koa, particularly in the last picture. The very irregular grain lines, the golden tone with the chatoyance all point in that direction. If you are in San Fran as your handle implies, Joshua, its not too much of a stretch that the wood could have came from Hawaii.

The indispensable Hobbit House shows some similar photos. You might want to compare some of the endgrain shots on that site to your planks as that is one of the better ways to narrow down the possibilities.

Whatever it is, it is beautiful! Hope you make something awesome out of the rest of it.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#4 posted 10-08-2014 02:42 AM

Looks like quarter sawn teak to me,Does it have a nice pleasant nutty smell.

-- Aj

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