Request for help IDing wood from yardsale find

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Bstnsportsfan posted 10-08-2018 10:12 PM 500 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Bstnsportsfan's profile


5 posts in 636 days

10-08-2018 10:12 PM

Hello. I am coming to this site to find assistance identifying some wood I picked up at a yard sale this past weekend. The person I bought them from built turntables and worked on boats. He bought the wood many years ago and has since forgotten what it is. I was able to get the pieces below that are quite large plus a small piece of walnut 2”x2”x18”, 4 cherry pieces 2”x2”12” and a box of oak 1”x1”x12” (about 16 pieces) all for $100.00. The challenging part is, I don’t know what these larger pieces are and don’t want to misused them.

The first four photos I believe are padauk wood. The thicker piece is 2.5” thick.

The below piece I have no idea what it is. It’s about 3” wide x 3” thick and I believe 42” long

The next peice below is I believe 3”x4”x60”. I cut the end so you can get a better view of the end grain.

This final piece the seller thought it could be bubinga but I’m not so certain. It is the thickest piece at just about 4”x9”x36”.

Any help or suggestions as to what the wood could be is greatly appreciated. I have no idea where he bought the wood as the amount of lumber shops in south florida is very limited. Not to mention I’ve looked online and finding wood this thick is difficult.

I hope to get the weight of each piece tonight.

Thank you again.

-- Chris

6 replies so far

View pottz's profile


7708 posts in 1594 days

#1 posted 10-08-2018 10:19 PM

i think your right on the first 4 the last ones are probably some type of mahogany or sapele?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

View CaptainKlutz's profile


2263 posts in 2104 days

#2 posted 10-08-2018 10:36 PM

+1 the last 3 pics all look like quarter sawn and flat sawn sapele to me. If it has orange tint when wet with MS, then most likely sapele, instead of mahogany.

Sapele can have wide variation in grain patterns.
Here are some good pictures of quarter sawn sapele with difference finishes for reference:

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

View Richard Lee's profile

Richard Lee

260 posts in 1385 days

#3 posted 10-08-2018 11:53 PM

Whatever it is you stole it.

View Bstnsportsfan's profile


5 posts in 636 days

#4 posted 10-09-2018 12:34 AM

Thank you guys. I tried the mineral spirits and the 4”x3”x60” definitely looked more orange. Photo 10 & 11 were just much darker brown with even deeper brown grain pattern. Photo 5, 6 & 7 also just appeared more brown.

Also when comparing weight the wood of 10 & 11 is much heavier than the other two.

I’m a bit disappointed that the bottom piece doesn’t appear to be Bubinga.

If the big pieces are all Sapele do you think it’s still a good deal for $100?

-- Chris

View shampeon's profile


1900 posts in 2793 days

#5 posted 10-09-2018 02:53 AM

You didn’t say how long the padauk boards are, but 8/4 padauk is not cheap.

I also don’t think the last piece is bubinga, as it has a lot more interlocked grain, and would be pretty dense and hard. 16/4 boards 9” wide are going to be expensive.

Still, you got some quite thick tropical hardwoods. To get apples to apples on value, look at the amount of board feet per board.

12/4 3”w x 42”l: 2.6bf
12/4 4”w x 60”l: 5 bf
16/4 9”w x 36”l: 9 bf

8/4 sapele in my area is $8-10 a board foot, and if you paid $100 for your 16.6 bf of 12/4 and 16/4 sapele that’s $6/bf. So you’re already ahead, not counting the padauk and small pieces.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

View Bstnsportsfan's profile


5 posts in 636 days

#6 posted 10-09-2018 11:18 AM

I made an error in that the piece I said is 12/4 3”w x42”l is actually 9.25” wide.

The padauk that is 12/4 7”w x 25”l. The other piece is 1.25” thick x 6”w x 59”l.

Thank you all for your help. I think I made out very well for $100. And I’m in South Florida wood is expensive and hard to find.

-- Chris

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics