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Forum topic by ppg677 posted 02-09-2019 05:35 PM 777 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2019 05:35 PM

A couple people thought it is Ipe, but I compared to other Ipe I have which has much more pore density in the end grain and the classic yellow powdery stuff.

It’s very dense. First and fourth pics are edge grain.

Any guesses? It was near a pile labeled Rosewood, but this piece bad a big ”?” labeled on it.

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#2 posted 02-09-2019 06:26 PM

dang, sure is purdy but have no idea at this time, pretty sure someone will chime in about it being south american alder hehehe,

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#3 posted 02-09-2019 07:52 PM

Looks like a Cocobolo board I have!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 02-09-2019 09:36 PM

Photograph the wood in direct sunlight next time.

No guess here.

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#5 posted 02-09-2019 09:43 PM

Looks like cocobolo. A nasty wood because it stinks and makes me sneeze and itch.

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#6 posted 02-09-2019 10:14 PM

Another view of the flat sawn surface

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#7 posted 02-09-2019 10:40 PM

Any aroma?

Editing my answer… I’ve never worked with cocobolo, and I would have guessed jatoba, but after seeing some pics of cocobolo online with a similar dark/variation I’d agree with that thought.

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#8 posted 02-09-2019 11:10 PM

I sent it through the planer. Darkened up. Nice scent. Smells like cinnamon.

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#9 posted 02-10-2019 05:55 PM

Cocobolo may be a winner?

Have also had ‘spicy’ scent from Pau Ferro?
The sap wood I had didn’t have same yellow contrast as in pictures though. It’s a Rosewood look a like, sold as Santos Rosewood sometimes.

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#10 posted 02-10-2019 08:19 PM

It looks cocabolo to me.

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#11 posted 10-21-2019 04:18 AM

I finally made something with this wood, and I’m starting to wonder if it is actually Kingswood. Just lacquer applied. Also might be riff sawn…hard to tell since there are not really any rings in the end grain

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#12 posted 10-21-2019 01:58 PM

i think you might be right about kingwood,i dont think it’s cocobolo.

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

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#13 posted 10-21-2019 02:20 PM

Well its beautiful whatever it is!

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#14 posted 10-21-2019 03:27 PM

I agree it’s definitely gorgeous.

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#15 posted 10-21-2019 11:29 PM

Well you answered your own question. It’s easy to see it’s prettyboxwood.

Nice box

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