I recently picked up some wood from someone off craigslist but am unsure of the species and so was he. He cleared out a custom staircase and moulding shop that was going under and this is some of the wood he found. It is heavy and gives you plenty of small splinters. Any help in identification would be greatly appreciated and let me know if I can provide any other details that would help.
Thanks for the quick responses. Looking at pictures online it does look a lot like cumaru.
Has anyone worked with cumaru? I was thinking of making a tabletop and maybe some shelves. Not sure if it would be good for anything else. I guess I was hoping I scored a better wood but I will use it for something.
It could be cumaru, although it doesn't look a whole lot like the cumaru I've had in the past. I don't remember it as being splintery wood either. It is heavy, very heavy. Quite hard also. To me it looks like some kind of African mahogany. Heavy is a relative thing. Is it heavier than Oak? Lighter than?
To me it feels heavier than oak but I am still new to woodworking so I am not nearly as experienced as you all. Looking at pictures it kind of also looks like santos mahogany. Confusing. I will try to get some more pictures up.
One thing I saw for either santos or cumaru is that gluing can be problematic. Does anyone have experience with gluing panels or tabletops with these types of woods?
Can you cut a small end piece and see if it floats or sinks? Mahogany floats. Cumaru sinks. I agree with someone above that the main thing going against it being Cumaru are the splinters. I did a whole deck and don't remember it being splintery at all.
I will cut off a small section this weekend and see if it floats.
In reference to the wood being toublesome for glue, I also saw that some people clean the joining edges with alcohol to ensure the glue will set properly. Will this create a strong enough joint for a table top?
Thanks again everyone. Now I am curious about how to glue it up into a tabletop and even if that would be a good idea. The wood database says it can be difficult to glue. If I use alcohol on the edges before I glue will that give me a strong enough joint?
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