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RinBarrett

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04-14-2015 04:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: species yellow sawdust green sawdust fluorescent sawdust identification identify teak rosewood

I have some wood that I’m reclaiming from a piece of furniture that I need help to identify. It’s very dense and tight grained. When I clean it with mineral spirits it appears very dark brown, a lot like a teak, darker than the rosewood I’ve used. When I cut it or sand it, the sawdust produced is a very bright, almost florescent yellowish greenish color. Any ideas what this may be? I’m sorry I didn’t think to take a picture of it before leaving home! -Rin

PS. I added some pictures. The dark piece is after cleaning with mineral spirits. You can see the fluorescent yellow/green on a freshly planed piece and on the planer out feed you can see the fluorescent yellow/green sawdust next to a handful of sawdust from a piece of butternut for comparison.

-- Rin, Draper, UT, http://www.rinbarrett.com


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#1 posted 04-14-2015 04:50 PM

With that color dust id say Ipe but considering its reclaimed it probably isn’t.

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 05:05 PM

Any odor to the wood? Heart pine?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 06:21 PM

It is hard enough to ID wood w/ a photograph and impossible by description.

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 09:19 PM

Put the sawdust in a glass of water. If it dyes the water yellow it is Osage Orange.

EDIT: I think I’m being drawn too much by the fluorescent color. Osage probably isn’t used for furniture and it isn’t very dark.

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 09:48 PM

I agree with Stef. Ipe would be my guess.

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#6 posted 04-14-2015 10:06 PM

I’m with bonds on this one how do you I’d something you cannot see,It’s like asking how long is a string?

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#7 posted 04-18-2015 09:22 PM

A string in physics is 10(-33) centimeters long. (just being a smart a$$)

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#8 posted 04-19-2015 12:28 PM

It is a tropical hardwood for sure. See the striped lines from the interlocked grain?

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

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#9 posted 04-19-2015 04:23 PM

Ipe

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#10 posted 04-19-2015 04:34 PM

So, if you had to describe Ipe, what would you look for?

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#11 posted 04-19-2015 04:57 PM


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Sorry couldn’t resist

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 04-20-2015 12:08 AM

Most definitely Ipe.

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#13 posted 04-20-2015 07:50 PM

Now I see the pic, is the furniture from crate and barrel or pottery barn?If so then my guess is rubber wood,from Indonesia.Aj

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#14 posted 04-20-2015 08:22 PM

It is definitely not rubber wood. It does have all of the characteristics of ipe. Using the info you all provided I went to http://www.wood-database.com. Actually, I found that site after Googling ipe because I didn’t know what that was.

Thanks for your help!

-- Rin, Draper, UT, http://www.rinbarrett.com

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#15 posted 04-20-2015 11:24 PM

Ipe is sold as “Brazilian Walnut” by the wood flooring stores.

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