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Wood ID please.
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:44:08 AM »
A coworker asked if I would cut a beam up for him and brought it over yesterday. All he knows is that they were used to bolt transformers to and ship them. He said they could set a transformer in a field on these beams and they wouldn't rot.

What I know. Wood is very hard and my saw spit out red dust when cutting. I planed them down to get a look at the grain and checked my blades afterwards to ensure none were chipped or broke. It sounded like the planer was going to explode when I was running them through. Other than that, they are just really beautiful boards and he has a barn full of these beams.

ETA: He said someone told him the wood was from South America??



 

 

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Re: Wood ID please.
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 07:52:09 AM »
Yes.  I believe that it is tropical.  Not sure of the species.
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Re: Wood ID please.
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 07:56:22 AM »
Reminds me of cocobolo, but I'm not that familiar with tropical wood. Try that, or investigate the blackwood family, like rosewood.

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2018, 08:22:21 AM »
Bullet wood seems to be the consensus here. But after seeing a picture of quartersawn Sapele....could be either but the use for bullet wood makes sense. Whatever it is, I have a lot of it.
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Re: Wood ID please.
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018, 09:47:43 AM »
Could be ipe color looks similar.
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Re: Wood ID please.
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2018, 06:44:15 PM »
I was thinking the same thing but for id we call all the unknown wood from down south "jungle wood", seems like there are a dozen look alikes for each. Bruce Hoadley's wood ID book does go into some tropical woods.

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Re: Wood ID please.
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2018, 07:12:38 PM »
Ipe will sink if put in water it is so dense. I have built several boat swim platforms from it 25 years ago and they are still in use .

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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2018, 06:33:11 PM »
Possibly, Mahogany, it shows up as dunnage/pallets with freight. I think that Mahogany is used as flooring in semi-trailer vans.

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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2018, 01:21:02 PM »
Looks like Cumaru (Brazilian Teak).  Ipe (Brazilian Walnut) would have a slightly green tint.  Both Cumaru and Ipe are dense and water resilient.


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