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Forum topic by Jim Finn posted 12-20-2014 11:38 PM 1180 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Finn

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12-20-2014 11:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany scrollworking

I cut into a 4”x4” pallet wood that I thought was walnut. The sawdust came out blood red! I do not know what to call this wood. In the photos you can see how it looks, finished, in the double “T” inlay I used some of it for. The other photo shows some sapwood (white) and in the center strip the brown color it had on the outside. Textured like Mahogany. Any one know what this is?

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 11:56 PM

I’m guessing Paduk. All depends on where the pallet was originally from I guess. I’ve gotten some beautiful hard to find S.American hardwoods from pallets sourced from flooring manufacturers.

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 12:10 AM

Hard to tell as goods shipped in on pallets from overseas can be nearly anything. It does look like Paduk to me also.

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 01:12 AM

I just did a google image search for padauk sapwood and the photos really look like what you have there.

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#4 posted 12-21-2014 01:30 AM

The porosity and the burn marks make me think Jatoba

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#5 posted 12-21-2014 09:07 PM

Freshly cut paduak is very orange and not blood red. When it’s cut I’m always reminded of vanilla. A very pleasant smell.

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#6 posted 12-21-2014 09:30 PM

Looks like bloodwood to me. A picture of the end grain would help.

This picture is Paduk end grain.

If its bloodwood it’s heavy, hard (janka scale 2900) dulls planer blades and band saw blades like crazy. You have to pre-drill for any fasteners. A bit on the brittle side.

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