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post #1 of 15 Old 04-23-2017, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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What wood is this?

Got a bunch of this stuff free from a friend, roughly 3 inches wide, 1 inch thick. Mahogany? Teak? Ironwood? Debating what to do with it. Thinking cutting board, picture frames, etc

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Walnut??
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Beautiful wood. Could be Walnut. Too nice to waste on anything but a very nice project.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I should show the end grain too. It's lighter. Hope it's not stained.

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I don't think it's walnut. If it's very heavy it could be ironwood. Maybe you should post more pictures of different pieces of it. So much wood looks alike.
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looks like walnut.
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I'm with Steve. I think it's some kind of ironwood. I cut down a few trees of the stuff growing up and we turned it into firewood... sorry.
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Ironwood is extremely hard though right? That's what they make park benches out of

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Cocobola? African maghogy?
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Ironwood is extremely hard though right? That's what they make park benches out of

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Yes, ironwood is hard. The only time I've seen it used is for mallets for woodcarving.
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There are a few more for grain variation

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Yes, ironwood is hard. The only time I've seen it used is for mallets for woodcarving.
It also burns for forever and a day.
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I just realized that I've always called Ipe and Ironwood interchangeably. What I meant was IPE. The grain looks fairly close as seen here

if it truly is Ipe, then I'm not making a cutting board out of it. Janka is 3415 and they say over 1600 isn't good on knives. I have knives more valuable than all this pretty wood so if that's the case, then it's onto something else.

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Are you close to a Woodcraft?

Bring some pieces into the store and compare them with Walnut, IPE and other woods they sell. Compare the end grain and weight as well as color. Put ID marks on yours with chalk so they won't think you are pulling a fast one. There are some knowledgeable folks there at my local Woodcraft store.
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this was an eye opener for me. thought ironwood was different.






I have quite a few trees on my property which my farmer fil always told me was ironwood, junky looking. haven't cut into one with the grain to see what it looks like. will have to check it out now. thanks for the education!
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