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12-17-2014 04:06 PM

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In the never-ending process of getting my shop together, I decided to clear out a loft space in the rafters of my garage this weekend. I knew that the previous homeowner had left some landscape ties, but when I finally made it up there, I found about 75 board feet of this mystery wood. It’s very heavy, and feels quite dense. Given the weight, and the fact that the boards are very uniform, I assumed that this must be some type of engineered wood. However, when I cut an end off one of the boards, I found end grain – so this must be hardwood. Now, I’m just wondering what kind of wood it is. Any ideas?

End Grain

Face

Side


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#1 posted 12-17-2014 04:14 PM

Teak??

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 04:15 PM

teak

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 04:15 PM

Do the edges have a slight radius to them? Im thinking its decking of some sort. Teak, Ipe, Mahogany maybe?

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 05:39 PM

Looks like the Ipe’ I used on my deck.

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 06:00 PM

I would agree with Teak, and that is a nice find.

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 06:26 PM

Looks like some ipe I have. I thought ipe was a bit darker than teak. Regardless, win/win if its teak or ipe.

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 06:51 PM

Looks like Ipe to me

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#8 posted 12-17-2014 08:33 PM

What does the dust look like when you cut it? Does it have a greenish tint it’s ipe, but if not I would go with teak

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 10:53 PM

The pores on Ipe are pretty obvious and I don’t see them on this endgrain. Of course the pores are pretty obvious on teak as well.

I vote neither unless the endgrain picture is too blurry to reveal the pores.

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#10 posted 12-18-2014 01:19 AM

Thanks very much to you all for your assistance. The pieces do have a radius on the edges, so decking seems likely. And the dust is yellowish-green. Here’s another shot where you can see the dust very clearly. I guess Ipe decking is the most likely candidate?

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#11 posted 12-18-2014 01:31 AM

Looks like all the Ipe’ I have had.

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#12 posted 12-18-2014 03:36 PM

Too bad technology hasn’t extended to the sense of smell. I could tell you if it was teak with one sniff.
Teak has a very distinctive aroma that you just don’t forget. We used to call it “the smell of money”.

But it looks like Ipe in the last photo.

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#13 posted 12-18-2014 04:25 PM

I see the pores much better in that last shot. Ipe makes sense.

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#14 posted 12-18-2014 04:41 PM

I know Teak or Ipe would be the preferred find, but that last shot, with the greenish hue & growth ring spacing really looks like pressure treated pine 5/4×6 decking. I hope I’m wrong.

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#15 posted 12-18-2014 04:55 PM

That thought crossed my mind too but pressure treated wood is always porous, soft stuff that the chemicals can be easily forced into. The OP says hard and dense.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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