Help identifying sapele or meranti

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    Daniel Barber
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    Hello I came into few planks but I’m not 100% sure what I have I have it narrowed down to Sapele or Meranti but I just can’t tell. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Daniel Barber
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    A few more pics

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    #627719
    Ronald Kowalewski
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    im not sure either, but i have a bunch of that and i’ve been calling it mahogany…

    Protect the line.

    #627730
    Larry Geib
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    I don’t think it’s Sapele, which has a very distinctly defined revering grain in the quartersawn face.

    My guess is it is something in the Shorea group ( Meranti, Luan, etc)

    Take a shaving or two. the fresh wood will have a distinct cedar-like smell if it’s Sapele. Makes me sneeze.

    Is there some reason you ruled out Khaya?

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    Daniel Barber
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    Hmmm could It be utile

    #627917
    Larry Geib
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    Yeah, I suppose it could be. It’s in the same group as Sapele (Entandrophragma) and would have the same Cedar-like smell when you work it.

    all these woods are an attempt to find tropical woods that match the wonderful workability of the real thing, the Swietenia group, and especially Cuban mahogany which hasn’t been seen in the commercial market since the Cuban revolution.it was almost all logged off under capitalism. ( I rebuilt the transom of a little sailing skiff out of the stuff when I was a kid. I had no idea at the time how precious that board was, and I don’t think the guys in the boatyard I hung around who sold it to me for a song knew, either). Export was banned in 1946, but it was still commonly available by 1962. A clean end grain view ( planed, not sawn ) would help. The real mahoganies look different than the impostors.

    The wood Database has a good article on sorting out the different so-called mahoganies that is worth a read.

    Mahogany Mixups: the Lowdown

    It could even be the real thing. Here is the wood database picture of the quartersawn face of Swietenia Macrophylia
    ( Honduran mahogany)

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    Daniel Barber
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    It definitely smells when you cut it
    Also its a little dusty when cutting

    #627984
    Daniel Barber
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    Here’s a partly finished example

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    Daniel Barber
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    Here

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    #632656
    Daniel Barber
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    Hey I finally got a descent end grain shot what do we think

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