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Asian(?) mystery wood

This is cut from the seat of a chair that I've given very hard use to for about 10 years and got tired of fixing the leg braces. I think it's from Asia because it appears identical to wood that I've seen in a lot of moderate-priced "made in Asia" furniture such as bookcases and chairs. There are more pics and enlargements under Mystery Wood 172 at:

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Here are face grain and an end grain closeup. The grain detail can be seen much more clearly in the enlargements at the link above
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Mahogany right?... One of the very light varieties common to Indonesia...?

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Although it appears a lot like Ash, I'm guessing it looks a lot like Rubberwood. I've done some repairs to Rubberwood furniture, and the pics look just like it . Your pics on your site for Rubberwood don't cover the varieties of grain appearance.








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The two on the bottom actually look like a blond teak to me. I've never seen teak that light but close. I'd have to look at the end grain on what I have at home to see if it's even close but the flecking??? and grain look like a lot of teak I have. Not the top piece, though, so I'm not willing to bet the farm on it.
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Rubberwood does seem like a possibility ... I need to find out more about that wood ... my page on it is woefully inadequate.

It also occurs to me now that it looks just like obechee but that's an African wood.

Frank, what wood do you have in mind for "white teak" ? I've seen that applied to a couple of woods.

Mahogany looks similar in grain but I've never seen any mahogany this light

I should also mention that in all of the furniture I've seen with this wood, the color is remarkably consistent between pieces.

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Rubberwood does seem like a possibility ... I need to find out more about that wood ... my page on it is woefully inadequate.

It also occurs to me now that it looks just like obechee but that's an African wood.

Frank, what wood do you have in mind for "white teak" ? I've seen that applied to a couple of woods.

Mahogany looks similar in grain but I've never seen any mahogany this light

I should also mention that in all of the furniture I've seen with this wood, the color is remarkably consistent between pieces.
The reason I say a blonde mahogany is because it looks exactly like what is being imported from indo as mahogany furniture at a shop I do frequent mods/repairs on. It's supposedly plantation mahogany...

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The reason I say a blonde mahogany is because it looks exactly like what is being imported from indo as mahogany furniture at a shop I do frequent mods/repairs on. It's supposedly plantation mahogany...

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Well, plantation wood would certainly help explain the consistency in color that I've notice. Any idea what the species is ? I mean, is it really mahogany or maybe something from the yellow meranti group?

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Well, plantation wood would certainly help explain the consistency in color that I've notice. Any idea what the species is ? I mean, is it really mahogany or maybe something from the yellow meranti group?
I only know what they are calling it is "mahogany." I'm going to look through the scrap pile for a piece or two to take pictures of / send to you...

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Well, plantation wood would certainly help explain the consistency in color that I've notice. Any idea what the species is ? I mean, is it really mahogany or maybe something from the yellow meranti group?
Phinds how the density, weight, hardness?

It resembles the Lyptus in color and grain which is plantation grown from Brazil.
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Phinds how the density, weight, hardness?

It resembles the Lyptus in color and grain which is plantation grown from Brazil.
Good point on characteristics ... I'll check and post.

This does not look like any lyptus I've ever seen, all of which has had a pink tint or sometimes more brown, but NEVER light-yellowish-tan like this wood. None of the 45 images of lyptus on my site look like this. If you have pics of some lyptus that DOES look like this, I'd love to get them to add to the site.

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Good point on characteristics ... I'll check and post.

This does not look like any lyptus I've ever seen, all of which has had a pink tint or sometimes more brown, but NEVER light-yellowish-tan like this wood. None of the 45 images of lyptus on my site look like this. If you have pics of some lyptus that DOES look like this, I'd love to get them to add to the site.
Nevermind on the lyptus. My screen was angled wrong and the color was much darker looking. Just one of those idiot moments.
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I'm going with rubber wood. I will post a pic today. I had an accident with a rubberwood table and a hammer a while back and I ruined to top lol. Whoops

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I'm NO expert on wood, but I have a table and chairs that I know are rubber wood, and it looks very much like that, especially the endgrain.

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That's all. Sounds like rubberwood is a good bet.

I did check the density and it's right at 45lbs/cuft and it a pretty hard wood. It LOOKS soft but that's deceiving

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