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Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« on: September 19, 2022, 08:56:20 AM »
First time trying to post a picture we’ll see what happens ,
So a friend gave me this many years ago and it sat in the corner in my shop so i finally Sliced it up on the bandsaw I knew it was kind of a cool piece of wood but I have no idea what kind it is , flat sawed looks like mahogany but I think it’s too heavy for that , quarter sawn gave me some pretty cool veneers, lacewood ?  any ideas on what Wood this could be ? Cheers Bryan

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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2022, 09:00:20 AM »
Sorry three of the same pictures that wasn’t supposed to happen :clapper: I think I have it figured out now 😂


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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2022, 09:45:30 AM »
I got some bubbinga that looks very similar.  A little redder than that though. I love repressing wood.

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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2022, 10:34:15 AM »
The color is similar to red beech, but a little on the dark side. The problem is that there are at least 50,000 known types of wood and skids tend to be made from lesser known ones or woods that aren’t economically valuable. That’s not to say that it isn’t any good. It’s heavy and hard and it’s certainly good looking wood. It should look great in a bow.
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2022, 11:07:49 AM »
Where did the machinery ship from May give a clue
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2022, 11:16:52 AM »
Hi i have no idea were the piece came from ive had it for at least 15 years lol, i will use it for its looks only.

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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2022, 10:47:22 AM »
Does not look like Mahogany. You might try this website for identifying wood. It has the best wood pics I have seen online.

http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2022, 11:49:33 AM »
Thanks Buggs i will look in to that ! 👍


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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2022, 04:01:05 PM »
I was thinking it looked like some sort of oak. Does the freshly sawn wood have a distinctive smell?
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2022, 06:44:21 PM »
Show pictures after you sand all the saw marks out.
Looks pretty awesome already  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2022, 08:30:01 PM »
After looking at your pictures again, that wood reminds me of a large jointer plane that my grandfather made a long time ago. My dad tells me that it’s made from a chinese oak. I’m pretty sure the wood came from a crate or skid from the dockyard.
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2022, 08:44:09 PM »
Compare my last picture with your last one. Except for color, they’re pretty similar.
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2022, 11:33:29 PM »
Now it doesn't look like oak.  :bigsmyl:
Years ago a few friends and myself bought the salvage rights to an old military warehouse at the port in Savannah., Ga
Outside the warehouse was a pile of dunage, scrap lumber used in the hold of a cargo ship to protect the cargo. Picking through the pile I found my first ever purpleheart. So, no telling what you will find in pallets and dunage piles especially coming from tropical countries.
 The columns in the WWII era government warehouse were 20' long, 12x12, clear, old growth spruce and the trusses and roof decking were old growth heart pine. 
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2022, 05:12:05 AM »
It looks a little like angelim.  South American wood. Hard, heavy and high oil content. 
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2022, 09:23:58 AM »
Thats a dandy plane Dave, and its an heirloom :thumbsup:

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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2022, 04:23:12 PM »
Thanks Phil. My grandfather passed years before I was born, so I never knew him. My dad gave me his old sixteen gauge double and a few reloading tools, as well as a hand made plover whistle that my grandfather hunted with, and a few hand tools.
Pat, my dad tells me stories from the war years about the wood he used to see at the dockyards. He said that wood such as greenheart, teak and parana pine was used for sheeting.
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2022, 05:02:08 PM »
Nothing's too good for the US Gov.  :readit:   
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Re: Wood ID from Heavy machinery skid ?
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2022, 08:43:49 PM »
That’s a very cool plane my father gave me a similar plane he made from a piece of cherry :notworthy: beautiful 👍 Funny Oak was mentioned as I researched some I came across a wood called Fishtail Oak , not an oak thou same family as Lacewood/ Leopard  . Native to Australia, I will find some time to take a couple more pics.

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