What kind of wood is this?

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  • #310787
    tenjin
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    Hi,

    Does anyone know what kind of wood this is?

    The lefthand photo is it with lots of tear out, the righthand side is the same wood smoothed out a bit.

    Thanks

    Darren.

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  • #310790
    Spencer Gaskins
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    @arctain

    I’m no expert, but it looks like curly cherry to me. Can you take a picture of the end grain as well?

    Does where you acquired the wood give any clues? Did you purchase it, find it, salvage it? It looks like the first pass was against the grain – was the second pass a jointer with the grain which smoothed it out?

    Zooming it I can’t tell if that is tearout or if it looks like sapele. A closer picture would be helpful

    #310794
    Larry Geib
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    @lorenzojose

    Really hard to say with the one pivture. To have a chance a flat grain, cross grain, and end grain shot would be helpful. The endgrain shot should be a closeup of a well planed surface so we can see the vessels, ray, and grain.

    Also three shots of the wood wetted with alcohol or mineral spirits..

    First pass is Khaya, but it’s more of a wild stab.

    #310843
    tenjin
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    @tenjin

    Hi,

    I’ll take some more photos and post them later on.

    The wood was salvaged from a 30 year old table (factory produced). The top was some sort of MDF veneered to look like mahogany, but the legs and assembly look like hardwood. That’s what the photo is of.

    As far as I can tell, there were two distinct types of wood used in the leg assembly. The photo above is of the main cross member between the legs. The legs themselves are different again.

    I’m going to run them all through my planer, and assuming it works out I will get some more photos.

    Thanks

    Darren.

    #310847
    tenjin
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    @tenjin

    Hi,

    Well, I’ve run the wood through the planer and now think there are three different types of wood.

    I have attached photos of each type, with end grain photos.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

    Darren.

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    #310852
    Spencer Gaskins
    Member

    @arctain

    Definately NOT cherry 🙂

    #310857
    Spencer Gaskins
    Member

    @arctain

    Hi Darren,

    The end grain rings look to me to exclude Utile, Sapele, and Mahogany. Does it smell kind of like cedar when you planed it?

    Just curious – did the table happen to be factory-produced in the Phillippines or Taiwan? A lot of base wood that became veneered over (or turned into plywood…) is Meranti, or Phillippine mahogany, made in the Phillippines.

    It looks like the same kind of figure as the broad spectrum of Mahogany-type wood. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. Perhaps someone with more knowledge than I could step in and help better identify.

    Spencer

    #310875
    Sven-Olof Jansson
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    @sojansson

    English walnut perhaps
    /soj

    English Walnut

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Cambridge, MA

    #310879
    David B
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    @dbockel2

    When you ran it through the planer, did it have a notable odor? The walnut I’ve worked with in the past had a very distinct, very pleasant, somewhat spicy fragrance. It looks more like a mahogany to me just looking at the grain but I’m not exactly a tree specialist.

    This site may help but you would probably have to “back-in” to the correct answer by looking at many different woods and comparing them to what you have to narrow it down. http://www.wood-database.com/. God, the Internet has everything. Never mind–I see that the poster immediately above me shared results from the same site. Anyway, perhaps it could help.

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    #311475
    tenjin
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    @tenjin

    Thanks for the replies everyone, I will have a look at the online database about all the suggestions.

    Regards

    Darren.

    #311749
    Dionysios P
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    @dionysios

    @tenjin,

    Did you have any luck identifying that wood?

    I found the same wood on some old drawer sides that I salvaged from the skip.

    Looking at the wood-database I concluded that it might be Silver Birch, but I’m not sure since I’m far from being expert on timber identification (and woodworking in general).

    I have used some of it as a sole and fence on a poor man’s rebate plane that I made, and it looks nice after a few coats of boiled linseed oil.

    I will try to post some pictures during the weekend to help with identification.

    #312407
    Dragomir Dikov
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    @dragomir

    It looks like teack to me.

    #312408
    Dragomir Dikov
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    @dragomir

    uuuppppssss teak!!

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