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10-12-2014 06:43 PM

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To the esteemed panel, I have two boards of unknown species. Both are hard and heavy. Any thoughts?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.


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#1 posted 10-12-2014 07:14 PM

Would it be too easy that they are walnut? Or are they too heavy/hard?

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#2 posted 10-12-2014 08:16 PM

I’d be willing to bet Walnut also.

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

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#3 posted 10-12-2014 09:11 PM

No, its not walnut. Both boards are very heavy and hard and have a slight green/yellowish color.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 10-12-2014 09:21 PM

Lignum Vita (Argentine), 99.9% sure. I’ve worked with it quite a bit. Does it have a slight lemon smell when cut?

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#5 posted 10-12-2014 09:27 PM

If Chris is wright then you’ll probably won’t want the extra wear and tear on you blades. Send them to me because I like working with difficult wood. ;-)

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 10-12-2014 09:32 PM

I just looked at pictures of the Lignum Vitae and some look like what I have. Used as bearings, shafts, pulleys, ect. One of the hardest woods and super rough on tools. I like how it states, “will skip over plane blades”. HA. What to do, What to do?
Thanks Guys.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 10-12-2014 09:41 PM

I loved working with it. True it is hard, but since it is so oily i thought it tooled nicely. I’ve turned quite a bit of it as well as used hand tools on it. if your tools are sharp and you take your time it works wonderfully, in my opinion.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#8 posted 10-12-2014 10:05 PM

Dan, If you think it’s Lignum Vite, cut a chunk off the end. Now cut a chunk off of walnut, cherry, Osage Orange or oak. See if it is more or less difficult.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 12:23 AM

If it is walnut, it should smell like it… Walnut would be my “gas”.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 12:33 AM

The one on the left looks like walnut to me. Post a close up pic of the end grain. “Hard” and “heavy” are not extremely useful wood ID characteristics as that can be subjective fro person to person.

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

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#11 posted 10-13-2014 12:59 AM

Left side board. Pretty sure it’s lignum like Chris said. I know for sure it’s not walnut.


Right side board has a different grain than the left but color is pretty close.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 10-13-2014 01:04 AM

Like Danny was saying. The one on the left does look like Walnut, especially the edge grain quarter sawn face, but I’m no expert.

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

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#13 posted 10-13-2014 01:31 AM


End grain shot. Not great. Walnut in the middle. Lignum did have a lemon smell when I cut it. Edge planed nice. I think I might have to copy a David Barron plane. Thanks Andy.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 10-13-2014 11:46 AM

Sometimes, like in this case with the first pic, the camera does not capture the true color. You are right, it certainly is not walnut.

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

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#15 posted 10-13-2014 02:51 PM

Ooooeeee. You have some jealous fellow Ljs. Looks like you have lots of wooden planes and/or personal protection weapons in the making! Have fun with that stuff!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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