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Forum topic by rsarian posted 10-19-2021 06:28 AM 360 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2021 06:28 AM

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I purchased a whole bunch of lumber from an estate sale and most of it doesn’t have any tags or information on it. I was hoping the lumberjocks could help me identify what this stuff is.

It’s very dense and the sapwood has very little figure in it. The darker parts have a reddish undertone. This lumber may have been milled close to 20+ years ago.

-- Hobbiest woodworker since 2018.

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#1 posted 10-19-2021 11:53 AM

Can you please post a picture of the end grain? That might help with identification.

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#2 posted 10-19-2021 12:31 PM

acaia maybe, or the american rosewood sassoo or something like that
Rj in az

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#3 posted 10-19-2021 06:33 PM

Here are pictures of the end grain.

-- Hobbiest woodworker since 2018.

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#4 posted 10-19-2021 10:45 PM

The US Department of Agriculture has a lab that will identify wood if you send them a sample. There are some limitations however.

Up to 3 samples per year are free of charge for US citizens for non commercial uses.

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#5 posted 10-20-2021 07:25 AM

+1 Need polished close ups of end grain to make better guess.

+1 Some Acacia or Rosewood species.

Sisso Rosewood is good guess. It is used as a domestic ornamental tree, often milled by urban sawyers. Many of the lower density Rosewood species tend to have large amount of pale sapwood with minimal figure. Also rare to find straight grain in urban Rosewood trees, so trunk section is often short. Find a lot of bends/twists that show in heart wood like the above pictures.

Most rosewood has distinctive scent when machined. Sisso I have used has very light flowery scent. Honduran Rosewood is sweeter, almost a perfume smell. Once you smell a couple Rosewood species, you will never forget it.

Most common Acacia species in SW USA is Ironwood. Ironwood is so dense, it sinks in water; which is easy to test. There are other Australian Acacia species (and hybrids), like Sisso that are planted in warm US climates as ornamental yard trees. End grain and color will get you close, but can be hard to tell Acacia apart without some bark, leaves, or seeds.

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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