Need help identifying this wood

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Topsailor posted 03-07-2013 05:53 AM 1766 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Topsailor's profile


22 posts in 2427 days

03-07-2013 05:53 AM

I’m not sure what kind of wood this is any help would be appreciated.

34 replies so far

View Robert_T's profile


10 posts in 2449 days

#1 posted 03-07-2013 06:17 AM

looks like ceder from the pictures, but it is hard to tell without having the wood in your hands.

View Topsailor's profile


22 posts in 2427 days

#2 posted 03-07-2013 06:28 AM

Seems harder than cedar should be, but I have some cedar and ill mill it up to compare.

View RussellAP's profile


3105 posts in 2799 days

#3 posted 03-07-2013 06:50 AM

View JollyGreen67's profile


1676 posts in 3276 days

#4 posted 03-07-2013 06:52 AM

Red oak.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

View RussellAP's profile


3105 posts in 2799 days

#5 posted 03-07-2013 07:01 AM

Red oak fits too, it would be more common to see red oak 4×4’s rather than cherry.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

View Tony_S's profile


1017 posts in 3596 days

#6 posted 03-07-2013 11:52 AM

I’m seeing something completely different on my monitor.

My initial reaction was Sapele, but started to doubt myself in regards to the color(although color alone is never a good identifier) Seems a bit TOO light in color for Sapele.
Next best guess for me would be some ‘type’ of ‘Philippine Mahogany’, or Meranti. I say ‘type’ because that could be 20 or more different species that look similar.

I see (second and third pic mainly)
Brownish/pink color.
Semi open ‘velvety’ type grain.
Slight ribboning in the quartered face.

Better close ups would help.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

View WDHLT15's profile


1819 posts in 2989 days

#7 posted 03-07-2013 12:55 PM

My first impression is that it is tropical and in the Mahogany family.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

View bondogaposis's profile


5542 posts in 2864 days

#8 posted 03-07-2013 01:01 PM

A close up of the end grain would help, I’m thinking red oak. Where did it come from?

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Marcus's profile


1165 posts in 2532 days

#9 posted 03-07-2013 01:05 PM

I would guess red oak based on the pictures.

View ShaneA's profile


7084 posts in 3111 days

#10 posted 03-07-2013 01:40 PM

The striations push me to something in the mahogany family. But, tough to say based on these pictures.

View Cosmicsniper's profile


2202 posts in 3671 days

#11 posted 03-07-2013 01:56 PM

My first impression was a type of mahogany. Hard to see it though.

-- jay,

View richardwootton's profile


1701 posts in 2468 days

#12 posted 03-07-2013 03:39 PM

My first guess was red oak also, but some of the pictures got me thinking it might be something in the mahogany family. Where it came from and some better pictures might be very helpful.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

View mikema's profile


180 posts in 3099 days

#13 posted 03-07-2013 03:46 PM

Looks like cherry to me, the grain just doesn’t look like red oak, but then it is hard to tell from the picture.

-- Mike ---- Visit my woodworking blog:

View joeyinsouthaustin's profile


1294 posts in 2585 days

#14 posted 03-07-2013 06:42 PM

If you were anywhere near tejas I would say mesquite, or pecan. It looks very pecanish. both can get quite heavy. but being from where you are at???

-- Who is John Galt?

View Gshepherd's profile


1727 posts in 2714 days

#15 posted 03-07-2013 08:22 PM

Looking at the pics, it gave me the warm and fuzzy feeling it was Santos Maogany looking….. Is it very heavy?

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

showing 1 through 15 of 34 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics