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Project by Tyson Voorhorst posted 02-03-2017 10:01 PM 2188 views 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an awesome deal for us here at the high school!

So I was looking on craigslist the other day and noticed an ad that said “exotic hardwood” on the free ads, Thinking it was a type of flooring I scrolled past it the first time. When I came across it again a few minutes later I decided to click on it, just to be sure. I am so glad I did. It was actual hardwood! 10,000 lbs of it, 5 pallets full of hardwood FOR FREE. I called a lumber yard and they were willing to pick it up and drop it off at the school with one of their deliver trucks. I now have this all safely stored inside. The question is, can anyone tell me what type of wood it actually is? I don’t have a shipping manifest and haven’t been able to match it up as of yet. All I can tell you for sure is that it is really heavy.

The picture of side by side wood. The bottom board was sold to me as walnut (I am relatively new at this hardwood game) the top is what I received. The bottom piece is about 1/3 of the weight a definitely a lighter colour.

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 10:50 PM

Looks like walnut to me

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#2 posted 02-03-2017 11:17 PM

Wow! if that is walnut which I believe it is…. you are one lucky dude!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 11:19 PM

I am not sure.. I have walnut in the shop and it looks different, definitely is a lot lighter then what this wood is. like 1/3 of the weight. I’ll take a side by side of it and post it up.

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 11:25 PM

Edited the post with that last picture.

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 11:40 PM

May very well be mahogany or rosewood..?

-- Dave O.

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#6 posted 02-04-2017 12:28 AM

You can head over to the Wood Database and look to see if you can find some matches based on color and grain. Another piece of information they offer is the Average Dried Weight in lbs/cu-ft. They measure it at 12% moisture content, so that could even be taken into account if you have a moisture meter. Since you say it’s quite heavy, that might help narrow down the choices.

It should be easy to calculate that for a few pieces and average it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 02-04-2017 12:29 AM

Well, now that I have had a chance to look through all the wood I received, I am quite sure I have a number of different types of hardwoods here. I’ll do some more digging and see if I can find anything.

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#8 posted 02-04-2017 12:35 AM

that sounds like a very lucky find. interested to see what type of woods you got for free. yep, im jealous

-- designer by education, wood working hack by choice

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#9 posted 02-04-2017 12:43 AM

very jealous indeed good job sir

-- say not I can not but I Can

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#10 posted 02-04-2017 12:49 AM

Well, I think I may have to call up a hardwood supplier and see if they would know, when/if I find out I will let you know. I will also contact the shipping company I got it from and see if they still have the manifest from it. So curious to know

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#11 posted 02-04-2017 12:53 AM

Great score!

Hope to see some of the results too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 01:17 AM

It does look a bit like walnut but I think you could safely it rule out as I would think that nobody would be giving it away.

Regardless of what it is the school along with the students will be pleased!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 02-04-2017 01:20 AM

The reason the hardwood was given away! “A high end furniture store ordered this material, after it was shipped said furniture store went bankrupt. Because of the legalities of bankruptcy the shipping company was not legally allowed to sell the lumber.” When I emailed him saying it was for a school he was very excited to be able to donate it to education.

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#14 posted 02-04-2017 01:37 AM

do a search on Apitong / Keruing a Asian hardwood .
I had some given to me and the fellow said it is used a lot for truck beds because it so durable .
I used it for some wooden bearings recently .
It is hard and very heavy .

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 02-04-2017 01:58 AM

I am pretty sure some of it is Kamagong. (Could be wrong still) but based on the many pictures I have looked at tonight it looks similar to what I have.

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