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Posted on Can anyone tell me the identification of this wood?

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 04:59 PM

Dumass me…forgot to post one of the links from the wood database.

The end grain in your picture above doesn t match any of the Cumaru end grain shots I can find.

The only close match I can see to yours is Peruvian shihuahuaco / Dipteryx micrantha
Apparently a Cumaru substitute and vice versa.(happens all the time with a lot of imports/exotics)
True Cumaru is Dipteryx odorata.
Same Genus, different Species.
I m stickin with Jarrah.
Splitting hairs in some sense, yes…but none the less, neither micrantha or odorata are as close a match to the op s picture(on my monitor anyways) as Jarrah.
At the end of the day, it s just an educated guess…..I m no botanist by any stretch…just weird.

- TonyS

I don’t mind the disagreement, but I’ll present a few pieces of evidence to disagree back with you.:)

1) From what I can find, Dipteryx micrantha has a specific gravity of between 0.82 and 0.92. Odorata has a sp. gravity between 0.86 and 1.09. The wood in my shop sinks easily in water.
2) I purchased 2000 linear feet of it. Although, that is no guarantee I’m getting what I asked for, I would speculate the buyers (Crosscut hardwood) in this case would be doing their best to make sure they are getting what they, themselves, purchased since it was a large shipment.
3) I can’t find whether micrantha has a smell when cut, but odorata is listed as a vanilla smell and I would quite agree with that assessment.

In the end, we both know that wood can be sold as one thing and be another. I think the sinking in water is moderately strong evidence that this is true Dipteryx odorata._

Your pore pattern with the Jarrah is actually pretty good. I can appreciate the zig-zag as well. I suggest the original poster tries the water test because only a few woods have a sp. gravity above 1.00. Jarrah should float. Cumaru should sink. Ipe should also sink.

I took the endgrain picture with my phone. If I have time tonight I’ll pull out my SLR and macro and get you a good picture of the endgrain since we both seem to like the detective aspect of identification. :)

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