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What kind of wood is this?

by Ebro
posted 09-07-2016 11:55 PM

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 11:58 PM


-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 12:23 AM

I’ve got some too, just a piece. There has been a long debate about what it was. It’s very hard and smells like chocolate. Andy may be right.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 01:42 AM

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 03:22 PM

Thank you all for the help!

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#5 posted 09-08-2016 10:28 PM

The distinctive grain pattern you see (the lines like scratches), makes me think cumaru. It’s used for decking as an alternative to Ipe. Look at this image online:


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#6 posted 09-09-2016 02:46 AM

LiveEdge, that has to be it! I never would have gotten that one. Thank you

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#7 posted 09-09-2016 03:37 AM

That is Apitong.Its used for trailer decks.
Apitong has a nice smell.


-- Aj

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#8 posted 09-09-2016 02:52 PM

That is Apitong.Its used for trailer decks.
Apitong has a nice smell.


- Aj2

Smells like Chocolate?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#9 posted 09-09-2016 03:11 PM

Check it out for gluing, for cutting Boards
IPE will not hold with glue only epoxy or Screws.
Don’t know about Apitong..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 09-09-2016 05:44 PM

Gotta be honest, I’d never heard of Apitong or Cumaru before this. I was calling it Wenge earlier even though I knew that wasn’t correct.

abie, Good advice. I used a few strips in a cutting board last year and it’s held up so far. I cut, wiped it down with mineral spirits and glued it up as quickly as possible to minimize problems with the oils in the wood.

What I have in mind now is more like a cheese board than a large cutting board. It won’t need any glue ups. I cut a handle template and tried to copy it with my router and a pattern bit which was a bad idea. This stuff is brittle!

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#11 posted 09-09-2016 06:23 PM

It’s ipe

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 09-15-2016 04:14 PM

Pretty sure this is not ipe.

Jatoba/Brazilian Cherry is my guess.

Scratch that. Looks more like cumuru. Has a nice vanilla scent when you work it

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