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  • #651889
    Austin Conner
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    Can you help me identify this wood?

    This was found at an estate sale and was mixed in with a large lot I purchased.

    I’ll likely post a few more photos of its found siblings as well.

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    #651900
    Larry Geib
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    Post a picture of freshly planed end grain. If it looks like pic I post Santos Mahogany is in the running, especially if the shavings have a perfume balsam scent.
    The wood will be hard and hard to plane. You can get a high polish, though

    If it is softer and easier to plane Khaya ( African Mahogany) is in the running.

    If it is softer yet, it could even be Spanish cedar. It will smell like, well, cedar.

    None are are true mahogany ( swietenia)

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    #651906
    Austin Conner
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    Thanks for the response Larry. I didn’t notice a scent when I cleaned this board up, but it planed fairly easily.

    I also snagged pieces of what I believe to be African Mahogany. The board pictured above is much more dense than those pieces.

    I’ll post more pictures when I get back to my garage. I had to drop these off quickly.

    #651910
    Larry Geib
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    Could also be Jarrah, which can have that interlocking grain and boat flecks.

    #651950
    Austin Conner
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    Here’s the end grain of that previous board.

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    #651953
    Austin Conner
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    This is another board from my find. Is this African Mahogany?

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    #652018
    Austin Conner
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    I’ve looked a bit more, and I’ve about convinced myself the board in my original post is Padauk.

    I’m also fairly certain my latest post is African Mahogany. I’d love to be told I’m incorrect though if someone knows better than me.

    #655941
    Rodrigo Rivero
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    Hi Austin.

    Regarding your last post, I was thinking that may be it’s sapele….specially because of that end grain look. Did have a kind of spicy smell?

    Again it’s difficult to say from here but to my eyes looks pretty close to it.

    #656056
    Stijn Bossuyt
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    Hi Austin,
    I can confirm that the first few photos you posted are indeed Padauk, 100% sure. It smells a bit like chocolate and cardboard.
    I’m not sure about your last 2 photos, though. It looks a bit like Afrormosia to me, but that’s just a guess.

    #656086
    Austin Conner
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    Thank you for the replies Rodrigo and Stijn.

    I’m happy to know I was correct on the Padauk, it made a lovely accent as part of an entryway tabletop.

    Rodrigo, I think you are correct. I’ve never seen Sapele in person, but it seems pretty available in this area and would make sense.

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