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Help me identify this wood

Pics are below. It is light weight, I can dent it with my fingernail, looks to be open grained. Maybe slightly lighter in color than the picture. Any help is appreciated!!!





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Possibly a type of Mahogany?

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can you get a well-focused, closeup of the end grain ?

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First thought is lyptus, but it's a only a guess....
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Does it have a smell ? Since you said light/soft my first thought is cottonwood. It has a foul odor, kinda like cat pee, when worked with (sanded/cut). If it is totally odorless it's for sure something else.




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bigger pics also might help...of the full board in good lighting
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I can probably get an end grain pic tomorrow. Here are a few shots with a much better camera. One is finished if that helps.







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its usetobeatre wood

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I have some luan that looks something like that, but "luan" is a common name covering approximately 7 zillion species. I look forward to seeing the end grain pics.

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Looks like something possibly man made laminate to me. Looks very similar to my kitchen table top. Where did it come from?
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Hard to tell the size of the piece from the photograph, and the close up proximity. But, it almost looks like a plywood, as there looks to be flitch sections. I may be wrong about that. It could be a luan of sorts or a type of Arauco ply which is actually from Radiata Pine. Or, it could be Virolla, or Sande.










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Its an old end table or night stand of some sort. I was hoping to fix it up a little bit. There is a drawer underneath and the wood needs to be replaced, so I was hoping for a match.

I sanded the top down a bit and I took an end grain pic. I put a 8 inch square up for size reference. I doesn't look layered from the grain, so I don't think its plywood? Looks like it has worm holes going through it too.


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The new pics are very consistent w/ the luan I mentioned, but as I said, that's not a lot of help since there are so MANY woods that are called "luan" (aka "Philippine mahogany). Cabinetman's suggestions are also good.

You're right about it's not being plywood of course, but it DOES appear to be segmented, like some forms of solid-core door centers.

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it looks alot like pacific maple Australia use it for door jambs window reveals etc its light machines well can be plain in grain

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I agree that it looks a lot like phillipine mahogany aka 'luan'. I have a kitchen table with almost the identical finish/color/construction that came from World Market and was made in SE Asia (Malaysia or Vietnam can't remember which). Every now and then I try to duplicate the finish so I can make some chairs that match, but no luck yet.

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low grade mahogany, used for furniture, most the time has very dark stain on it.
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I guess I made out then.


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