Help Identifying Wood
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5 March 2020 at 5:28 pm #651889
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.5 March 2020 at 6:47 pm #651900
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)5 March 2020 at 7:18 pm #651906
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.5 March 2020 at 7:32 pm #651910
Could also be Jarrah, which can have that interlocking grain and boat flecks.6 March 2020 at 12:15 am #651950
Here’s the end grain of that previous board.6 March 2020 at 12:17 am #651953
This is another board from my find. Is this African Mahogany?6 March 2020 at 2:00 pm #652018
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.6 April 2020 at 5:51 am #655941
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.7 April 2020 at 8:32 am #656056
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.7 April 2020 at 1:58 pm #656086
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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