What is this wood, please?

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  • #684957
    Matt Sims
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    Folks,
    I acquired this piece of wood, by stopping it being thrown into the woodpile at the council dump!
    The lady getting rid of it told me it was part of what used to be a school bench. (I think, but can’t remember for sure, she said it was from a science lab).

    As I pretty much work exclusively in recycled wood, I’ve never bought mahogany, but someone has suggested to me that given it’s history that it may indeed be mahogany…

    Can anyone offer an opinion of this.

    It doesn’t really matter, but I suspect this will end up as a coffee table top, (or some other kind of table), and it would be good to describe it accurately!

    For what it’s worth, this piece is 17 1/2″ wide, (at it’s narrowest), 42″ long, and just over 1 1/4″ thick.

    Thanks in advance,

    Matt

    #684961
    mercified
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    Nice catch, Matt.

    Could be a species of mahogany, but it’s hard to diagnose from 1 photo. I would check a resource like wood-database.com. Then you can compare endgrain characteristics along with color, density, grain patterns, etc.

    Whatever it is, it will make a nice piece.

    Cheers.

    #684966
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    Browse around the wood database in the Walnut/ butternut selections and you might find something close.

    Without seeing end grain, I’d lean towards English walnut, keeping in mind most pictures of hardwoods there end to focus on the heartwood.

    #684979
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks folks.
    If I get a solid answer I’ll let you know!
    Matt

    #684983
    shane Miller
    Participant

    Looks like Iroko often used in science labs after Teak became too expensive.

    #685028
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks Shane… I’l investigate that.
    Matt

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