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07-26-2018 02:41 PM

It’s very heavy. 24lbs. It’s dimensions are 2’ x 6” x 3.5”. Very dense. I know for sure it’s as old as me. It’s been in my grandpa garage for 40+ years. There is wax on all sides. At least there was until I decided to cut a little off the end. Very hard to cut with a hand saw. Any advise on what kind of wood it is would be appreciated. Thanks.

-- Sara

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#1 posted 07-26-2018 03:03 PM

I am not an expert at this, only guessing for fun.

Wax coating everywhere usually means it was farmed/processed in tropical region.

Density is very high, computes to 82 lb/cuft?

High density wood are listed here.
Since color is not black, yet dark with red colors and it comes from a tropical location; I vote for Lignum Vitae?
It might be Kingwood, but with white sap wood showing, Lignum Vitae is more likely.

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#2 posted 07-26-2018 04:03 PM

Cocobolo would be my guess.

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#3 posted 07-26-2018 04:14 PM

A coincidence and not because I am knowledgeable but because a friend recently brought over a piece to cut on the bandsaw and it looks similar, my guess would also be cocobolo. It even had a little yellow/golden section like yours does.

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#4 posted 07-26-2018 04:14 PM

Not much clarity in the photos, but I’ll guess Zircote.

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#5 posted 07-26-2018 04:34 PM

Better pics would be needed. Obviously a tropical hardwood. Could be several species based on the pics.

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#6 posted 07-26-2018 05:35 PM

if you cut off a 12” piece and send it to me, I can have it scientifically
and shopmatically analyzed to give you the very precise molecular structure.
then you will know without a doubt of what you have.



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#7 posted 07-26-2018 06:47 PM

Macassar ebony, since someone already guessed zircote

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#8 posted 07-26-2018 07:01 PM

Goncalo Alves. Google and compare pictures.

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#9 posted 07-26-2018 07:36 PM

It’s not lignumvitae. If the second picture is of the end grain your should see a very dark heart wood and much lighter sap wood. Even if it is all heart wood it would have a very even dark color, no stripes of light colored wood. Also look to see if you see opposite crossing grain patterns on the long side. If you say it was hard to cut that also says it is not lignumvitae as the oil content of the wood makes it easy to cut even with a hand saw.

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#10 posted 07-26-2018 08:12 PM

Thanks for all the info. I will try to take better pics. This is the end grain

-- Sara

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#11 posted 07-26-2018 11:24 PM

Not much clarity in the photos, but I ll guess Zircote.

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#12 posted 07-26-2018 11:58 PM

The same picture with flash ;)

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#13 posted 07-27-2018 12:34 AM

Wait for it…

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#14 posted 07-27-2018 12:52 AM

Sure looks like zircote. What are you planning on making with it. I would like to suggest a Sam Maloof rocking chair.

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#15 posted 07-27-2018 02:57 AM

I’m going to bet Fridge tells you it’s African or south American alder or dark alder. Just a guess though.

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