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09-06-2021 01:33 AM

Need help identifying this wood. Wiped with mineral spirits, end grain

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#1 posted 09-06-2021 01:34 AM

End grain from previous ID post.

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#2 posted 09-06-2021 01:39 AM

Wild guess for me . Santos mahogany I’ve seen it very reddish orange. Hard and heavy

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#3 posted 09-06-2021 03:48 AM

Might be bloodwood. How heavy is it?

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#4 posted 09-06-2021 03:53 AM

ill go with paduak ?

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#5 posted 09-06-2021 04:03 AM

Bloodwood or paduak

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#6 posted 09-06-2021 05:48 AM

ill go with paduak ?

- pottz


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#7 posted 09-06-2021 04:35 PM

The wood is hard and heavy. I hadn’t heard of Padauk before. Making a cutting board for my Granddaughter. Put some mineral oil on it and it came out nice. Thanks to all for for your input.

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#8 posted 09-06-2021 04:49 PM

2 good sites to help ID wood, and the database adds a lot of working property info as well as known health problem info. Hobbit House has tons of pics.

Wood Database Wood are listed alphabetically.

Hobbit House Just keep scrolling down, huge list, also alphabetic.

My guess would also be Padauk, but across the planet there are a lot of beautiful reddish colored woods.

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#9 posted 09-06-2021 05:31 PM

I thank this woodworking group for their helpfulness in my initiation in woodworking. Most of the woods mentioned, I haven’t heard of before. The deceased person that I got the wood from must have had a good understanding of wood varieties. Thanks again to all who helped.

Recently a Craft Store opened our little town. They ask to see some of my projects and felt that they could be big sellers. After seeing some of the other products that they had, I could agree with them. Not that mine are that great, some of the others were low quality. They offered me a free slot in the store and only wanted a 15% take, which seemed fair to me as others had to also pay a location fee. So far I have given most of my projects away to family and friends. Guess its time to start getting reimbursed for my costs.

Recently, I purchased some Red Oak from a nearby lumberyard. I bought 1X12” boards. When I started to use them, I realized that the boards were bowed. I was not happy with the lumberyard, but even more, not happy with myself for not being more thorough with my purchases. Is this common with 12” wide boards or did I just get taken?

I cut the boards down the middle, then squared the edges but took a lot more time and gluing the pieces together to get flat boards.

Enough complaining, I learn from my mistakes (and there are a lot of them)

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#10 posted 09-06-2021 06:44 PM

Don’t hold too much against them, wood moves when it wants to. Maybe make sure that they are storing it flat the whole length, not dangling off the end of a rack or unsupported in the middle.

I have had good and bad luck with hardwood retailers. In some cases they charge me for what would have been the widest but had to cut off to make S4S, and include the junky ends with the big splits. In other cases, the take off any split end dimension, charge for the existing board, and even round down. It helps me decide who I go back to.

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#11 posted 09-06-2021 07:07 PM

Looks like Paduak to me….Jim

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#12 posted 09-06-2021 08:51 PM

Sounds like your oak was warped or “cupped” not bowed. Bowed is a curve along the length, cup is a curve visible when looking at the end grain. Either way, your fix is a good one.

Warps/cups on wider wood is common, especially the more the board is “flat sawn” versus quarter sawn. Even if perfect from the yard, they can bend at home. Always good to let it acclimate in your work area, stickered so air flow can get to all sides.

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#13 posted 09-07-2021 02:54 PM

The wood was warped/cupped. Didn’t know the official term, now I do. Thanks Splintergroup for the info. In the future, I will check the boards more carefully, or purchase more narrow boards that are flat.

My first reaction to the cupping was to use a planer to flatten the boards, now I have one part of my project much thinner than the others parts; which I got a little smarter on.

I learned a lot on this project. Will try to avoid this in the future.

Thanks again to all who helped.

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