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post #1 of 9 Old 11-05-2010, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Help me identify this wood.

I think it's probably something easy like Oak, but I figured I'd ask the more experienced.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-05-2010, 09:09 PM
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Looks like an unfinished table that I recently finished made from Parawood from Malaysia also called Nightmare wood. Hard to stain and harder to finish.
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definitely not oak, maybe one of those thousands of species that are solid as "Philippine mahogany", but that's just a guess.

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I'm with Mike...parawood. I've got a table made with it. Bought it at an unfinished furniture place and finished myself.

Highly recommend General Finishes Gel water base dye stain for this kind of wood. I used the orange that resulted in a nice warm bronze color. After all dry, I used the General Finishes top coat gel. Turned out fan-dang-tastic.
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Honduras mahogany is my guess. But it looks a bit like an artificial pattern or engineered floor to me as well no offense.
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Honduras mahogany is my guess. But it looks a bit like an artificial pattern or engineered floor to me as well no offense.

It does look that way...sort of too perfect.









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I'm going to put my vote in for parawood as well. There's a unfinished furniture store in town that sells tables and chairs that look an awful lot like that wood. They sell aspen and parawood furniture.

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i agree with honduras mohog
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-06-2010, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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My first thought when I saw it was some type of mahogany. But it was very pale after I sanded the old finish off, so I don't know.

It is a kitchen table that my parents passed down to us. The top was scratched and marked up, so I was just going to sand down and refinish to match again. Unfortunately after I sanded the top, my wife decided she wanted it to be a new color. Dark, dark brown. Think espresso.

So now my one day project turned into a little longer. I can't wait to start the d*mn chairs! No Thanksgiving at our house this year.

Finishing has not been bad though. I dyed it. Plan on using Waterlox as a finish.

Here's a few more pics.
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