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Another "What in the heck kinda wood is this" question:

Hey. I got some of this in the scrap pile from woodcraft. I love the wood and want to get some more, but I don't know what it is. It is very hard, very heavy, dense and dark. I am guessing indian rosewood just from pictures. I've never worked with that, so I don't know.

What do you think it is? Thanks.

It is sitting on cherry, and looks a bit washed out in the pic. It is dark.
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-21-2013, 12:02 AM
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I have no idea. I'm stumped.

Kind of reminds me of this sinker Black Gum... but that's not it.
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It kind of looks like dalmata to me. Did you ask the guys at woodcraft.
Here's some iPhone cases I made from dalmata.
Looks similar.

Another "What in the heck kinda wood is this" question:-image-4013481444.jpg
Yea I'm not sure though.

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It has been a while since I got it. It did not have a sticker, and the fellow was just guessing.
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goncalo alves. Varies but is generally a darker brown with varing amounts of black running through it. Hard and heavy.
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goncalo alves. Varies but is generally a darker brown with varing amounts of black running through it. Hard and heavy.
I have some pieces. Mine were in a cutting board kit. I used some of the pieces in my own board design.

I also have used dalmata, and this wood is harder and heavier.

Hard, heavy and the pieces in the kit have tearout.

If it is not goncalo alves, this looks very similar.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/person...lo%20alves.htm
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I think it's Jatoba, you can look around at some of the pics from phinds' site but Jatoba is extremely dense (2350 Janka), and the jatoba I have used has been about the same coloration and appearance.
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I have jatoba. The brown colour is similar, but the mystery wood has dark streaks much darker than the colours I see in my jatoba or on Phind's pictures.

The mystery wood appears to tear more than my jatoba pieces.
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I have jatoba. The brown colour is similar, but the mystery wood has dark streaks much darker than the colours I see in my jatoba or on Phind's pictures.

The mystery wood appears to tear more than my jatoba pieces.
Just thought I would add to the pictures, this is what was sold to me from the sawmill as jatoba, and it does have some black streaks running through it...

Another "What in the heck kinda wood is this" question:-dscn0435.jpg

They aren't as wide as the original posters pictures, but definitely it's close. Not saying your wrong or anything, just trying to add to the picture pool to help rule out another option
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i vote with diver123, goncalo alves or brazillian tigerwood. my hardwood floors are goncalo alves
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It's sinkerdalmatobaalves. Laughing!!!!

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Yea, I guess I'll never know for sure.

I did some measuring. I know this is a bit un-scientific, but this is what I found.

First. It sinks. It is oily and hard to sand, but needs no finish. It can be polished very glasslike.

Second, I measured as accurately as I could 3 different size pieces and calculated the density. The avg is 1.1 g/cm3. I also measured a few other pieces as a reference. White oak 0.69g/cm3. Yellow pine 0.47 g/cm3. Bubinga 0.84g/cm3. The moisture content and my measuring will put a lot of error in, but this is about what I found on the interwebs, so I think my measurement is probably fairly close. Probably a waste of time, but fun.

Third, that is a beautiful floor DannyT!

Forth, it does not have the end-grain cut spots that Jatoba and some other species seem to have.

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after i showed my wife a picture of it she wouldn't accept anything else. it darkens after 3-4 months. it's 70% harder than oak.
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Definitely goncalo alves.
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Yes that is goncalo alves

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