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07-11-2021 06:19 PM


Need assistance ID’ing this wood.


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#1 posted 07-11-2021 06:21 PM


Same wood with mineral oil wipe

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#2 posted 07-11-2021 06:22 PM


End grain of last post

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#3 posted 07-11-2021 06:38 PM

does it have any noticable smell when cut fresh?

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#4 posted 07-11-2021 06:52 PM

Bubinga popped into my head at first glance.

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#5 posted 07-11-2021 07:30 PM

I’m gonna toss chechen out there.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 07-11-2021 07:38 PM

Looks like Bocote

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#7 posted 07-11-2021 07:38 PM

If all you get from responders are random guesses with no reference to authoritative sources, how (and why) would you use the results? It doesn’t help to have a name for the wood if you cannot be sure it’s accurate.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#8 posted 07-11-2021 07:44 PM

Ummm, OK?

It looks like Bocote because of the grain pattern looks exactly like the Bocote I have in my garage. But if you need me to take a picture, I will.

It’s not a random guess. It looks exactly like Bocote.

One person asked if it had a smell. That’s probably because Bocote has a distinct smell. Some say it smells like dill pickles. I just think it smells nice.

The weight will be the biggest give away for Bocote. Another dead give away would be the way it ages. I have a piece of aged Bocote I can share too.

The face grain, edge grain, and long grain all looks like Bocote, but go ahead and call it a random guess.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#9 posted 07-11-2021 07:46 PM

You might also think about photographing it under black light since that is a valid method of identifying some similar looking species. Some fluoresce while others do not.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#10 posted 07-11-2021 07:46 PM

The color difference between photos makes this one difficult.
Does it have orange tones, or is it brown/black?

Regardless, could be from Fabaceae genus
Maybe one of the many true Rosewoods, or from Acacia or Wattle genus?

This might help:
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/distinguishing-brazilian-rosewood-from-east-indian-and-other-rosewoods/
IMHO – need a 10x magnification of end grain to help with ID. Measuring density, and checking florescence would help ID too.

If not from Fabaceae, then suggest one of the look a likes:
Pau Ferro,
Bocote (smells like pickles)
Chechen
Macacauba

When I need help identifying wood, these are my primary references:

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-finder/

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#11 posted 07-11-2021 08:13 PM

Thanks for the reply’s. After comparing the wood to the suggested types, I found that Bocote is by far the best match. However, it doesn’t have a distinctive smell and probably has about the same weight as oak.

I realize that it is hard to pin point exact types with pictures; I will just make my project with the hope that it turns out satisfactory.

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#12 posted 07-11-2021 09:12 PM


If all you get from responders are random guesses with no reference to authoritative sources, how (and why) would you use the results? It doesn t help to have a name for the wood if you cannot be sure it s accurate.

- Phil32

Speak for yourself, Phil. Maybe your guesses are random, but mine are educated ones.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#13 posted 07-11-2021 09:19 PM


Thanks for the reply s. After comparing the wood to the suggested types, I found that Bocote is by far the best match. However, it doesn t have a distinctive smell and probably has about the same weight as oak.

I realize that it is hard to pin point exact types with pictures; I will just make my project with the hope that it turns out satisfactory.

- Woodyvolt

Bocote is a reasonable possibility as well. It and chechen are heavier than oak, with chechen being the heaviest.

It’s a beautiful piece of wood either way. What are you planning to build with it?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#14 posted 07-11-2021 09:25 PM

No doubt, it’s teakabolo…
(that or Chinese ash)

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#15 posted 07-11-2021 09:34 PM


If all you get from responders are random guesses with no reference to authoritative sources, how (and why) would you use the results? It doesn t help to have a name for the wood if you cannot be sure it s accurate.

- Phil32

Speak for yourself, Phil. Maybe your guesses are random, but mine are educated ones.

- Rich


Majority of his posts are condescending to other posters’ opinions, which is ironic because the whole point of forums is to get other people’s opinions.

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