What timber is this?

  1. Pete.

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    Can anyone identify this timber from my pics? I can't tell what it is. I've cut up and skipped a whole roof of pine joists which is enough of a shame in itself but I don't want to be sending hardwood to the chipper if it can be re-used or sold on.

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  2. eSCHEn

    eSCHEn Forum Supporter

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    Bizarrely (if all three shots are the same piece) the second looks like ash grain-wise but the other two reek of tropical hardwood. Does it smell? Does it have really grim spliters at the slightest touch? Does it burn very hot? Those are the giveaways for something like teak or mahogany.

    Edit: yeah it's just the lighting on the second one :)
     
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  3. Pete.

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    The first and last pics are pretty true to colour. Middle one looks like it has some kind of varnish on it. There's not much of a smell from the sawdust but it was pretty heavy going for a fine-toothed recip blade unlike the pine I've been chopping up.

    I got about 60 feet of it, about 6" with and 2.5" thick
     
  4. MCKDAVID Member

    I'd agree with teak or iroko maybe? looks like it has that reddish tinge to it..
     
  5. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like mahogany to me same as we used on boat gunnels, I also did a boat out with Iroko which I initially thought of but think iroko is a bit lighter.
     
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  6. MCKDAVID Member

    was it outdoors? especially if it's gone a bit grey
     
  7. Screwdriver

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    My money is on Mahogany. If you have some nice chunky lengths of that, I'd be very interested in buying it...
     
  8. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Snap!
     
  9. Screwdriver

    Screwdriver Member

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    Meanwhile. What am I going to do with this?

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    All treated external grade. Up to 4m.
     
  10. MCKDAVID Member

    new workshop..... extension to existing workshop, second floor on workshop.... think there's a pattern here...
     
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  11. Burdekin

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    Does this look the same?

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  12. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    My money is on Meranti. But I am colour blind so could be way off.
     
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  13. Rocketman Member

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    A lot of work benches.
     
  14. Rocketman Member

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    Agreed. Looks like the last mahogany I bought.
     
  15. Pretty sure it's not teak (really dense) or iroko (wild, random grain), maybe sapele or keruing .
    Most probably what's known as a mahogany, which is a popular name for any reddish South American hardwood rather than the true mahogany.
    What was it used for, it will give us a clue as to the original timber.
     
  16. WorkshopChris Forum Supporter

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    The last pic looks like Meranti a common hardwood used for outside joinery.
     
  17. rikrobson

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    yep its "Mahogany" alot of imported hardwoods are called that now
     
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  18. Pete.

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    It's been used externally on the plant room since about the 1980s at like a huge window except at the bottom of a grill instead of a window. It's all a bit academic now because when I was in the office asking what type of wood it is my two labourers were up top with the recip saw cutting it all up in to five foot lengths and throwing it in the skip.
     
  19. julianf

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    not entirely off topic -

    im never 100% sure how to store wood. i mean if it goes outside, i assume, for fancy stuff, it then has to come inside for quite some time before being worked?
    and if its not fancy stuff, surely it still warps and bends?

    local yard has "kiln dried" lengths - all in a pile outside??
     
  20. stalwart_hmlc

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    Door sill?
    It would be hard wood of some description but not necessary mahogany
    Many moons ago when i were driving for a well known building company we use to take loads of timber down to docks to be vac-vac treated(not kiln dried) a method were all the natural juice form the wood was sucked out and then pressure treated with other stuff,most of the moulds that when in were widow/door sills etc and it all came out that colour which did have that mahogany look right in the grain
     
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