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Forum topic by unclearthur posted 11-11-2019 08:40 AM 575 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2019 08:40 AM

Hi. Someone is selling some unfinished hardwood flooring, which I was thinking of buying and using for boxes etc. The fellow says its Indian Rosewood, but in the pics I’ve seen on the internet, Indian Rosewood is pretty brown; this stuff is really red. Wondering if anyone can tell what it is. A few picks:

The wood seems pretty hard 7 dense. After crosscutting a sample on the chop saw, the end grain was extremely smooth.

Thanks for anyone’s thoughts.

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#1 posted 11-11-2019 09:40 AM

These sites always help me identify wood:

Indian Rosewood is usually darker color. Looks sort of like Sirari, or Patagonian Cherry due pink tint to me?
Could also be one of the many Eucalyptus species?

Density, hardness, and close up examination of end grain are usually keys to identification.

Best Luck.

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#2 posted 11-11-2019 02:26 PM

Santos mahogany

Or Alder :)

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#3 posted 11-11-2019 02:45 PM

Whatever it is it’s got great figure, if the price is right I’d buy as much as I could afford.

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#4 posted 11-11-2019 03:10 PM

Very similar to the Brazilian cherry (jatoba) flooring I use, but either way I’d guess it is some South American species.

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#5 posted 11-11-2019 08:12 PM

I am thinking jatoba also, endgrain is similar, and jatoba loves to check, like in the photo. It is also very popular for flooring right now. Rosewood you will know right away when you cut it, as it does smell like roses.

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#6 posted 11-11-2019 08:28 PM

OMG Uncle Arthur your still kicking!!

As above
cut a piece off and smell it if its Rosewood you will know
Bloody Alder its everywhere!

Apart from that stop thinking about it and buy the lot then make stuff!

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#7 posted 11-11-2019 08:30 PM

Thanks to CaptainKlutz for the 2 links to identifying woods.
John J

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#8 posted 11-11-2019 09:14 PM

sounds a little like Lyptus

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#9 posted 11-12-2019 12:55 AM

Lyptus® has large variation in color from light salmon/pink tones to darker red/brown. Lyptus® is marketing name used for Brazilian Eucalyptus hybrid; Eucalyptus urograndis:

There are a ton of different Eucalyptus species that look like that board. If the flooring is from Australia, then it might be Jarrah, common Eucalyptus species found in flooring as well?

I thought Sirari due it being called (Tiete) Rosewood by some in flooring industry?
Not being a true Rosewood, it won’t have the characteristic rose smell when cut. It easy to get Rosewoods confused if you have not played with them before they were banned by CITES

Sorry I was not more specific in earlier post.

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#10 posted 11-12-2019 05:52 AM

Thanks everyone …. I didn’t smell anything when I cut or sanded it. The end grain looks a lot like the Santos Mahogany someone mentioned above, probably that or Jatoba, if I had to guess. The links to the wood databases are interesting.

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