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06-11-2017 03:29 PM

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What type of wood is this? Does anyone know… My buddy wants me to make a guitar out of it for him. He used to know the name but sadly lost the email depicting it. He was told it would make a great studio guitar. It’s something like 400 years old – I think he mentioned it being something like Brazillian Rosewood but I believe he’s wrong, could be right though? Super dense/heavy and quite tough – probably the same if not more than maple id say. Haven’t worked with any of it yet but my buddies says its quite the bee to work with using power tools and such. His chop saw was struggling to get through a smaller piece—Could it be ironwood? Honestly not sure, Only want to know so I can do some research on what type of electronics to put in it to compliment the wood, also gluing and workability techniques for me to get through it easier.

Thanks, here are the pics:[email protected]/34425544713/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/35194447426/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/35194447566/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/34425544953/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/35194447716/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/35194447876/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/35194448016/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/35194448236/in/dateposted-public/

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#1 posted 06-11-2017 05:24 PM

It does look very aged.My experience with old wood is that it can take on a patina and change to look so much that it would take a wood scientist to figure it out.
I do like it! bummer that it has a lot of checks.That will make building with it very challenging.
Good luck.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 07:32 PM

It does look like a rosewood. There are a
lot of species of dense tropical woods
in that general color range.

There are books available on wood identification
if you’re really serious about figuring it out.

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 08:37 PM

The amount of checking and cracking in those boards is going to make getting anything usable out of it next to impossible.

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 10:13 PM

You may be looking a some very dry jatoba ... also know as Brazilian cherry and South American locust. I used some of this for prie dieu build, and yes, it is extremely hard!

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 12:23 AM

With all of the cracks you’d have to seal that up somehow to make it into an instrument like a guitar. I wonder how adversely it would affect the sound if you filled everything in with epoxy??

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