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Lets play a game: Name that lumber.

I got this lumber from a pallet at work and I have no idea what kind of wood it is. I have looked through my encyclopedia of wood and came up with Australian Blackwood or Australian Silky Oak but am still uncertain. It could also be a mahogany, but it looks too red. I am in the US, but we receive products manufactured around the world so it is really hard to narrow down a country of origin. The wood is very dense: I poked it with a pocket knife and it barely nicked it. It cuts nicely but it makes the planer work a little harder. The grain is very tight and there are a lot of red, light brown, and pink colorations and there is even some purple. When I ran it through the planer the chips looked red. Here are some photos:

I really need to get a better camera! I have no idea what this is so give me your thoughts…
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photos a bit blurry, but i would seriosly doubt Australian silky oak is your timber, it,s not that dense,or widely avaliable, although the top edge of the second photo does look a lot like it, your description of the colours rule it out, I think. maybe it,s a tropical relative? Most pallets I saw in Australia use treated Radiata pine or very low grade Tasmanian oak, which is just a trade name, not a species as such, and not red . I would suspect it,s a no name asian tropical that may not even show up in your book. Just my best guess.
I certainly am not a photographer: I'm too shaky no matter what I try to do. I too was pretty sure that it isn't the silky oak becasue of how tough it is, and all my searching shows that silky oak is somewhat soft, but it looks a lot like it. I suspect that these pallets came from China so anything is possible.
Mahogany? Maybe not since you stated the grain was so dense.
ok this is like a post from heven for me id be willing to put money on it that is good old amarican gum wood the giveaway is the reds and the purple. the funny thing with gumwood is your boards are hart wood if your going to build anything with it make sure its good and dry befor building with it or it will twist up worse then D Snyder.
Based on your description of the grain nature and the colours, I'd have to say it is of the Eucalyptus family. I was given a live-edge slab about 400mm wide X 70mm thick X 2.2m long a year or two ago. When I made a new cutting board in December, it looked exactly like your picture #2. Unfortunately I can't remember which specific Eucalyptus mine is.

Definitely not the blackwood ( Acacia Melanoxylon ). I grow blackwood and it's more brown and beige.
possibly Eucalyptus Saligna ( **************************************** or Sydney ****************************************)- widely grown in plantations.
looks like brazilian jatoba
Thanks for the help. The photos and descriptions of Lyptus and Jatoba really resemble this wood, but I found some close up photos (better than mine) the draw me closer to Lyptus. The endgrain of my wood does not compare toe the end grain of the Jatoba. I stumbled over this really great website for exotic wood. This is a lot better than the book I have. These two types of wood aren't even shown in my Encyclopedia of Wood.

Again thanks for your help and opinions.
I've used both Lyptus and Jatoba. It sure looks like Lyptus to me. It looks a little light for Jatoba.
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