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post #1 of 7 Old 07-07-2020, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Any idea what wood this is?

I've had a couple boards of this wood and I can't seem to place it. It is very dense and hard. A dark tan color with wide grain. When hand planed, I get a very smooth surface but rather than full-width shavings, I tend to get tons of fluffy little slivers. This picture is with it contrasted with some Teak (pretty sure it's Teak anyway).

I initially thought it was white oak, but the only other white oak I have worked with was quarter sawn, so I dont have a good image in my head for what the grain should look like.


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post #2 of 7 Old 07-07-2020, 07:12 PM
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The wide grain pattern reminds me of ash, which is also dense and hard. Great for baseball bats...

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I don't think it's ash. It's not nearly light enough in color. And there's a big piece of ash in garage next to it. Of course, ash may come in many different shades. I've never worked with it much.

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The board on the left looks like some very light or faded Walnut.

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Not a wood ID expert so swinging in the dark, the open grain on the right side of the board, similar to oak or mahogany is throwing me off. If it wasn't so light I would guess African Mahogany. Take the open grain away my guess would be Alder? Beech?
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Not a wood ID expert so swinging in the dark, the open grain on the right side of the board, similar to oak or mahogany is throwing me off. If it wasn't so light I would guess African Mahogany. Take the open grain away my guess would be Alder? Beech?
I don't think it's alder. It's a little too hard and not red enough, compared to most alder I've worked with. But I've never worked with beech. That's an interesting possibility.

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I hope people realize that everyone is seeing something different.

It starts with how the photo was taken - the lighting conditions (and color temperature of the light), the direction of the light and shading, the sensor (or film in the old days), and much more.

The next step is converting the image from the sensor to a file, which involves computer processing. At some point, the photo becomes a computer file - a very long list of 0s and 1s.

The image you see also depends on how your system processes and interprets that file before sending it to the display. There are many kinds of displays, of course. After that, the ambient lighting around the display and your eyes/brain affect how you interpret what is on the screen.

It is possible to identify woods by posting images in a forum. More often than not, the results are an educated guess at best.
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