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Forum topic by Philip posted 04-12-2011 03:51 PM 1120 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2011 03:51 PM

Hello all,

I’m asking for some help to identify this wood on the top work surface of this boardroom.

I was asked to make repairs to the top because the small TV monitor and little controller below it are both being removed and would leave holes in the top. Also a previous Oak panel was placed over another hole on the left. So I was intending to cut out the portion in these areas and inlay a new piece.

By problem is that I can’t seem to find a solid answer as to what this wood type is, and where to find a matching veneer.

Please see the photos below and let me know what you think it is. I was told the wood is “Golden Padouk (Burma) and the inlay around it is Hungarian Ash.

I appreciate any input you may have as to what the wood type is and where I could find some veneer for this project.


-- Philip, Minnesota,

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 04:14 PM

In the second photo, it looks like birch. Hard to say, though.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 03:32 PM

Phillip, that looks like birch.

I’ve been told by my dad that birch trees that grow close to a water source – creek, pond, etc – will develop a different pattern than birch usually has. He called it “water birch”. As he was a carpenter, I believe that the old guys were referring to what we call a Curly pattern. But, whether it’s called curly or water, it still looks like birch to me.

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

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