What's that wood?

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Blog entry by Tom posted 09-10-2020 03:22 PM 492 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am working on a stool project and I obtained this plank of wood. I did not buy it, so I don’t know the wood species. I am curious because it works very well with hand tools (maybe it was air dried), but it also seems to make a black dust when it is hand planed. When the dust gets on my hands, it seems to leave a stain that is a blackish purple color. The staining goes away after a day or so.

When I got the wood, I figured it was a piece of walnut or similar. But maybe it is some sort of mahogany type of wood. I don’t know my wood species all that well. Appreciate comments!

More on the project later….

-- Tom

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#1 posted 09-10-2020 03:28 PM

looks like mahogany from here :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 09-10-2020 03:33 PM

I don’t think its Mesquite (mesquite is very hard) but mesquite will do the same to your hands. It stains them a purple color that will fade in a few days. I’ve found that lemon juice or citric acid will remove the stain from your hands very quickly. Good luck on identifying this wood.

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#3 posted 09-10-2020 03:47 PM

Thanks for the comments. I would not characterize it as very hard. Kind of medium I guess.

It is weird how the hand plane generates dust. I have not seen that with other woods. I wonder if it dulls the plane iron quickly if it is mahogany. I didn’t really notice that happening, but I did sharpen up a couple times during the process…

-- Tom

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#4 posted 09-11-2020 01:30 AM

Not really up on the wood species, but maybe a teak, or ipe (but I believe that is a harder wood) good luck with the identity.

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#5 posted 09-13-2020 09:39 AM

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