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Request for help IDing wood from yardsale find

by Bstnsportsfan
posted 10-08-2018 10:12 PM

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#1 posted 10-08-2018 10:19 PM

i think your right on the first 4 the last ones are probably some type of mahogany or sapele?

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#2 posted 10-08-2018 10:36 PM

+1 the last 3 pics all look like quarter sawn and flat sawn sapele to me. If it has orange tint when wet with MS, then most likely sapele, instead of mahogany.

Sapele can have wide variation in grain patterns.
Here are some good pictures of quarter sawn sapele with difference finishes for reference:

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#3 posted 10-08-2018 11:53 PM

Whatever it is you stole it.

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#4 posted 10-09-2018 12:34 AM

Thank you guys. I tried the mineral spirits and the 4”x3”x60” definitely looked more orange. Photo 10 & 11 were just much darker brown with even deeper brown grain pattern. Photo 5, 6 & 7 also just appeared more brown.

Also when comparing weight the wood of 10 & 11 is much heavier than the other two.

I’m a bit disappointed that the bottom piece doesn’t appear to be Bubinga.

If the big pieces are all Sapele do you think it’s still a good deal for $100?

-- Chris

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 02:53 AM

You didn’t say how long the padauk boards are, but 8/4 padauk is not cheap.

I also don’t think the last piece is bubinga, as it has a lot more interlocked grain, and would be pretty dense and hard. 16/4 boards 9” wide are going to be expensive.

Still, you got some quite thick tropical hardwoods. To get apples to apples on value, look at the amount of board feet per board.

12/4 3”w x 42”l: 2.6bf
12/4 4”w x 60”l: 5 bf
16/4 9”w x 36”l: 9 bf

8/4 sapele in my area is $8-10 a board foot, and if you paid $100 for your 16.6 bf of 12/4 and 16/4 sapele that’s $6/bf. So you’re already ahead, not counting the padauk and small pieces.

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#6 posted 10-09-2018 11:18 AM

I made an error in that the piece I said is 12/4 3”w x42”l is actually 9.25” wide.

The padauk that is 12/4 7”w x 25”l. The other piece is 1.25” thick x 6”w x 59”l.

Thank you all for your help. I think I made out very well for $100. And I’m in South Florida wood is expensive and hard to find.

-- Chris

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