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post #1 of 13 Old 09-11-2019, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Need your help identifying wood.

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An old acquaintance of mine dropped over to my word the other day and handed me a piece of wood. He didn't know what the wood was but thought that i could use it for some tool handles etc.

The wood in question had been laying in his carage for decades. It was very very hard and dense. I cut a retangular piece which i then measured and weighed and came up with density of~1050kg/m3. The wood also has unpleasant smell when worked. Quite similar to that of zebrawood.

Here are some pictures of the wood. Any help identifying it would be greatly appreciated =)
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Welcome to the forum! Add your location to your profile so it shows in the side panel. Add your first name to your signature line so we'll know what to call you.

That looks like Red Palm to me.

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Thank You =)

The wood seems to be much denser and harder than Red Palm.
It feels roughly as dense and hard as for example Katalox.
I think my estimation of its density is in the right ballpark as its at least heavier than water (sinks alright)

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It looks just like the Red Palm I have on hand and just like the images I see when I search online. As to the weight, how wet is the wood or has it been dried?

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It's been in a dry and warmed storage for a couple of decades so its pretty dry =)

When dropped to water it doesn't hover around the surface but goes down fast.

Also Red Palm is said to not have any special odour when being worked and this thing stinks. Doesn't smell when left alone though.


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My vote is for leopardwood, but that is only a "best guess." See:
https://www.wood-database.com/leopardwood/

The density of your piece is rather high, but the look is a good match.

Wood identification by computer is nearly always a carp shoot anyway. Colors vary significantly between the object itself, what was recorded in the image file, and how your display or printer shows it. Lighting also plays a key role in color perception and image capture.
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It does have similarities to leopardwood but the endgrain is different and theres the density and hardness difference. Also leopardwood doesn't have any specific odor when worked i think.

This turns out to be harder than i thought =)

I really appreciate all your input but i'm pretty sure we don't have a match yet.

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Maybe snakewood? https://www.wood-database.com/snakewood/

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Sorry I've had snakewood and this isn't it.

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Sorry I've had snakewood and this isn't it.
Haven't seen the data, but what is the natural variation in the density of the previously suggested wood types? You seem to be caught up on the density, but listed densities are an average. Could it be natural variation within the species or environmental causes for the higher density? Could it be something in the boards history leading to a higher density like sinker lumber that has accumulated minerals or something?

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Palm..... I'm going with my first thought.

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Yes I might have an uncommon sample of the wood. But besides the density and hardness the unpleasant odor when cutting/working should also be a indicator. Palm trees are not givig out any specific odor when worked.

I'd really like to know what the wood is before i put it to use =)

I much appreciate all the input i get here so thank you.
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Ok. Found it!

https://www.wood-database.com/ekki/

Only missing the smell, which must be something the wood caught during storage...
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