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Drey22

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05-27-2020 11:49 PM

I am looking to make some handles for my cabinets. I found this wood board at work. It was free to take. There were a couple nail holes in there, but they didn’t make it all the way through. This wood is very heavy and dense. It feels like a brick. Does anyone know what type of wood it is and how everlasting it is?


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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 05-27-2020 11:58 PM

My guess, Jatoba. If so, very lasting, common as flooring in the US now.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#2 posted 05-28-2020 03:45 PM

Could be Ipe which is another heavy decking species. Looks like some that I have, down to the end checking.

The guy who drove those nails must have Popeye-sized arms!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#3 posted 05-28-2020 04:37 PM

It does look like Ipe or cumaru. What ever it is be careful of the dust if you sand. Some people are very sensitive to the dust from exotic woods. If your one it’s not going to be a good day. :(
Also if the wood isn’t I’d in 3 working days by default is Alder :)

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#4 posted 05-28-2020 05:20 PM

Yeah, whether its Ipe, jatoba, or anything similar, you want to predrill for screws or nails.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#5 posted 05-28-2020 06:00 PM

Looks a lot like some Greenheart I have. If so, it’s very similar to IPE but not as hard or dense. With the similar grain and color variations within the two woods, I’d have to flip a coin to guess which is which.

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#6 posted 05-28-2020 07:48 PM

I’d say jatoba from the color and grain, grain is more pronounced than ipe. If you sand it, the dust will be yellow for ipe, red for jatoba.

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#7 posted 05-28-2020 08:14 PM

I think you have a nice chocolate colored IPE board. I buili a deck out of IPE and saved the dark brown ones for box accents..

-- Petey

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#8 posted 05-28-2020 08:20 PM

Ipe, I built a deck with it. Hard as nails, eats drill bits and counter sinks and lasts for years. I used Penofin every couple of years and a sealer on the ends to limit checking

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 05-29-2020 12:10 AM

Thank you all for your feedback and comments. I’m betting on it being Ipe after matching Ipe description to my board.

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