Can you help me to identify this wood?

Discussion in 'Materials' started by serdarbas, Dec 4, 2023.

  1. serdarbas
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    serdarbas Junior Member

    It looks like mahogany but I never saw such long stripes on mahogany before. Maybe meranti or African mahagony?

    And while you are here, what do you think the most beautiful exterior veneer option for a cold molded boat? I believe the default pick is mahagony but which kind? Or do you think there is a better option?

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  2. gonzo
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    Looks like mahogany. Can you post a close up photo?
     
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  4. fallguy
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    The wood in the picture is not flat, nor vertically grained. What gives it the unique appearance is the choice of sawing used.

    It is either rift sawn or quarter sawn; more likely rift sawn.

    It looks more like sapele to me, but the grain is the big difference.

    The board on the right is quarter sawn sapele. They sometimes call it ribboned.

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  5. serdarbas
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    serdarbas Junior Member

    Ah quarter sawn makes most sense, thank you!
     
  6. skaraborgcraft
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    Colour can vary log to log even with the same species. I bought a lot of sapele "ribboned" veneer to overlay a plywood runabout. I have had some nice Utile timbers for re-sawing, but Khaya mahogany was a popular veneer for planking.
    Any miscolouration between the veneers or planks is often hidden by a complete stain finish. I found African mahoghany generally browner, compared to the reddish of central/ south American mahoghany.
     
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  7. Will Gilmore
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    Will Gilmore Senior Member

    I would guess African ribbon mahogany.
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  8. gonzo
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    The african mahogany is not a real mahogany, but a marketing name. Mahogany has speckles that reflect sunlight with a golden color. A close up photo would make it easier to identify.
     
  9. Will Gilmore
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  10. wet feet
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    I'm pretty sure fallguy has it, it certainly looks like sapele.
     
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