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    Wood ID Help Needed!!!

    Howdy, folks! I need some help identifying this wood. At first, I thought it was walnut, until I picked it up and noticed that is was much heavier and dencer than the walnut I had. It's also a very tight grained wood. The dust it gives off is a yellowish-orange.....which led me to almost think it might be osage orange..????

    Help, please!




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    The osage orange i've worked with is a vivid yellow color. Where did you get this piece of wood? Do you know if it's domestic? Almost looks like it could be Brazilian Cherry, but there are numerous other candidates as well - Ipe maybe?
    See if it sinks or floats in water - if it's an ironwood, that narrows the list of options.
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    I agree with Paul. Looks like it might be Brazilian cherry (jatoba) or ipe.
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    Keith, no idea, but this might help.........

    http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/person...indextotal.htm

    This is a huge file and may take a while to load if you are on a dial up connection.

    Try this if above won't load http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/person...pics/index.htm
    Last edited by Tony Falotico; 02-22-2008 at 10:46 PM.

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    Thanks for the replies so far, guys.

    In that first picture, I wiped the wood with mineral spirits, just to bring the grain out. Sorry for the confusion.

    Here are a couple of more pictures. Here is the face grain, without anything applied...




    Here is a picture of fresh end grain...




    This wood was given to me by a friend, so I'm afraid I don't have too much more information about it. I would think the yellowish sawdust would be a pretty decent indication about the species. I might be wrong. It is very heavy wood, and very dense.

    Thanks for your help!!

    - Keith
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    It's definitely NOT Osage Orange. It might be Brazillian Cherry, but I don't see the reversing grain pattern. It is definitely an exotic. Might be Cocobola.

    Bruce

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    Looks like some Ipe I had. Is it splintery, kinda like wenge..mine was? As I recall, it had kind of a spicy smell to it too. Barry

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    With the yellow-orange sawdust my guess would be padauk.

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    The wetted piece in the first pic almost looked like some mesquite, except a bit much on the orange side. The end grain pic is very similar to mesquite. Mesquite is also hard and dense. But the dry picture throws me off of thinking mesquite. And I only get yellow sawdust from the thin yellowish live wood under the bark.

    Osage orange goes from almost bright yellow when fresh cut to a burnt orange after expose to light for a while. Never seen any with that black in the end grain.
    Last edited by Jerry Palmer; 02-23-2008 at 04:12 AM.
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    That screams ipe to me, too. If it feels lots heavier than it should, it'd likely Ipe.
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