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name that wood... but seriously, i don't know what it is..??

so, here's the story. I was walking through the cabinetmaking department at the local technical/trade college, and i asked the instructor if he had something kinda heavy i could use as a weight to keep a little pressure on something, and he tossed me this piece of wood. It was about 12" x 12" by 2", and completely black all over. It is quite heavy and a dense wood. He (instructor) said that it was sitting on the back of the top shelf and he had no idea how long it had been there, and claimed that he had never cleaned that shelf, so it was from before his time. This could be any type of wood, and could be from as far back as the 60's, so it could be any endangered wood, or even something completely ordinary. It appears to be an oily wood, as the black color was only on the outside (once cut, the dark/burnt orange color showed). It has long, straight grain, and is quite dense/heavy. I have never seen padauk but this looks like some of the pictures of padauk heartwood i've seen. Or maybe mahogany of some sort... anyways, that's my story, any help please.. :)
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I have a bunch just like it- Came from an old structure in Seattle. I think it is listed on PHINDS site as mystery wood 170-have to look to make sure. They were selling some this winter in Port Townsend as Borneo Ironwood.
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I'm thinking Ipe
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looks like hopea odorata roxb. to me.

you should be able to smell if it's paduak, which has very strong rose-like fragrance.
hopea doesn't smell like much, but it's crazy hard.
We just did a balcony floor all out of hopea - just trimming the planks stopped a 3hp table saw dead in its tracks!
burnt orange color, very heavy (likely to sink in water), long grain, and almost shiny when you cut it.
sometimes there are small white veins running through.

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-26-2012, 08:41 AM
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looks like mahogany maybe?
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mahogany was my first thought.. but the outside 1/2 in of wood of the entire piece was completely black, which i assumed was caused by oil residue(?)... what else would cause that??

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Mine was on an outside structure and was black-I think it weathers black.
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I'm thinking Ipe
That's my guess as well. Would have to see much better pics and an end grain shot to be sure.

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