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My friend had this board laying in his shop that he got from an old saw mill and have it to me. It's a hardwood and is very heavy. Dark red color. Any know what type of wood it is?
 

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I don't think I would make a cutting board out of it. It looks too good for that application to me. Also since we don't know exactly what kind of wood it is, some exotic woods are not food safe and you wouldn't know if it was one of them.
 

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I'll say some sort of mahogany. Without a microscope, I can't go further. I would compare the fiber to my reference collection of wood slides.
Softwoods are the conifers such as spruce, pine, cedar, fir and so on. Cabinet/furniture woods are the angiosperms like mahogany, walnut, birch, beech, jelutong, sapele, witchtooth, snarling, etc.
All you have to do is figure out which wood names are fiction that I've just made up.
We have 18,000,000 hectares of standing bugwood here, not worth the chainsaw gas to cut.
 

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I don't know much about import wood, but I know this is a hardwood, isn't mahogany a softwood? I don't know just asking.
The term hardwood and softwood doesn't have that much to do with how hard the wood is. There are some softwoods that are harder then some hardwoods. Mahogany is very soft but is a hardwood. Even balsa wood is a hardwood. The difference between hardwood and softwood is determined by the seeds the tree has. If the tree seed has a covering over it like an pecan or acorn it is a hardwood. If the seed has no covering over it like the seeds in a pinecone then it's a softwood. Silly huh.
 

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The term hardwood and softwood doesn't have that much to do with how hard the wood is. There are some softwoods that are harder then some hardwoods. Mahogany is very soft but is a hardwood. Even balsa wood is a hardwood. The difference between hardwood and softwood is determined by the seeds the tree has. If the tree seed has a covering over it like an pecan or acorn it is a hardwood. If the seed has no covering over it like the seeds in a pinecone then it's a softwood. Silly huh.
Actually, it's silly only because we choose to use familiar English language terms rather than the proper scientific terms. If we called them angiosperms and gymnosperms there would be no confusion but who the hell wants to do that? I'm heavily into wood information and I STILL don't bother to remember which of those terms is which.
 

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The term hardwood and softwood doesn't have that much to do with how hard the wood is. There are some softwoods that are harder then some hardwoods. Mahogany is very soft but is a hardwood. Even balsa wood is a hardwood. The difference between hardwood and softwood is determined by the seeds the tree has. If the tree seed has a covering over it like an pecan or acorn it is a hardwood. If the seed has no covering over it like the seeds in a pinecone then it's a softwood. Silly huh.
Thanks, I did not know that.
 
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