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Forum topic by Armoredduck posted 08-13-2018 02:36 AM 635 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2018 02:36 AM

So I purchased 7 Bookshelves this weekend for the wood and I am kind of lost on what kind of wood it is. When I purchased them I thought they were oak but now that I have sanded and Cut a piece I am not totally sure. 1st picture is a piece of Oak and Walnut with the question mark piece on top. The second picture is of the question pieces end grain. Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 03:50 AM


-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 10:26 AM

Mahogany of some description.

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 11:53 AM

Both walnut and mahogany have a distinct smell.


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#4 posted 08-13-2018 05:08 PM

Could be Lauan. I’ve bought desk/shelving units at auction before that were made of this stuff. Seems popular for furniture made in S.A. or Mexico.

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#5 posted 08-13-2018 05:31 PM

I’ve never seen Lauan in dimensional lumber from a commercial source but I think I agree with Splinter that it really looks like it. I think Lauan is a related species to mahogany also.

Either way, if the lumber is in your shop, make something cool out of it and be proud!

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#6 posted 08-14-2018 04:10 AM

Thank you everyone. Im excited to start using it. Have multiple projects I am planning and cant wait.

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#7 posted 08-15-2018 02:35 AM

It’s alder.

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