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M J Dickson21/11/2015 14:03:53
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Can anyone identify which type of Mahogany this plank is? I intend to make a clock case with it, thank you for your help.

I was unable to find a way to upload my photos to this site so I have posted a link to my Drop Box Account

Derek Lane21/11/2015 14:56:25
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HERE is the how to for loading photo's to your album hope it helps. I think people would need to sign in to look at your dropbox

Big Al21/11/2015 16:18:19
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Just tried to look at your dropbox but it requires a sign in.

M J Dickson28/11/2015 14:14:58
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Thank you Derek for your assistance; flash on the camera was used in these photos, have some without but with the fluorescents lights on.

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I could take more photos showing a closer view of a piece that has been sawn, Michael 

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Steven28/11/2015 15:00:21
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Hi Michael,

I don't think this is Mahogany, it looks like Cherry to me.

Steve

M J Dickson09/12/2015 11:58:16
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Hello and a good day to you Steve; thank you kindly for replying to my post, yes I am inclined to agree with you that it looks like Cherry, I haven’t seen or worked with cherry at all.

I mentioned this to a colleague (Joiner) that I was disappointed that it looks like Cherry and this is what he kindly had to say, quote “you need to plane up a piece of end grain, no sanding because it fills the pores , and study it under a microscope matching it up to a wood ID chart.”

This I have done using a camcorder and a Microscope Android App on the Galaxy (smart phone) the results of both applications are similar some were taken without flash.   

I have uploaded all of them to my Microsoft OneDrive (my website).  

Below are some of these photos; my next step I need help with is the Wood Identification Chart; is anyone familiar with this process?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind Regards Michael

 

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Steven11/12/2015 19:39:05
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Hi Michael,

It’s probably best not to be disappointed if the wood turns out to be Cherry in my opinion, I’ve worked with this wood quite a lot, it’s relatively soft as hardwoods go but with sharp tools it’s very nice to work with. When freshly machined the pale pinkish colour can be a little disappointing I find but the wood soon mellows to a very nice rich slightly reddish brown.

I can’t help this type of timber identification, nice photos though, but recognized the wood by it’s colour, figure and in your last picture the distinctive dark cherry red sap pockets.

Steve

M J Dickson12/12/2015 12:17:07
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Hello and a good day to you Steve; thank you kindly for replying to my post, your comments were most heartening and encouraging that the Cherry wood, would turn more reddish (I’ve experienced light coloured Iroko teak turn darker; it became uniform to the rest of the rails of a framework.) The picture showing outside of the old plank; that colour will not go any darker will it?

I’m going to make a Three Light Laterndluhr Clock case on a variation of the Nine Light Laterndluhr Clock; the two timbers used were Brazilian Mahogany (which would sort of match my barometer in the same room) & Maple for the stringers, I’ve just read what the writer say’s on this quote “timbers such as mahogany, rosewood, walnut, ash and fruitwoods”, quotes Mahogany first.

My colleague Bryan has seen the zoomed-up photos and he says quote “Magnification needs to be at least 2/3 times bigger. Need to see pores and their patten clearly.” I’m now looking for a more powerful microscope app or send a sample a specialist to be more exact.

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Above a Nine Light Laterndluhr Clock

Kind regards Michael

Steven12/12/2015 20:15:43
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Hi Michael,

And a good day to you, I hope I can help a little further with this. If you take a look at my photos there is a box I made from Cherry, it’s easy to find as I don’t have many photos, I never have been good at documenting my work. This should give a good idea of the colour to expect, it was finished with Danish oil which will have darkened the wood a shade or two.

Cheers, steve

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M J Dickson02/02/2016 11:19:39
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I sent a sample of this timber to The Center for Wood Anatomy Research; who has kindly identified this as Spanish Cedar (Cedrela Odorata).

You can see the reply and more on My OneDrive account.

This is a very useful website to find more about any timber called Wood Database.

PS. Steve; thank you for your encouragement, much appreciated. Your cherry writing box looks very professional in all ways; I can see there is more to it than the eye, I hope it is being well cared for! There is an old saying; maybe my saying, “the biggest part of any chore is making a start”, kind regards Michael. tea

Steven03/02/2016 18:26:31
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Hi Michael,

Thanks for letting us know the outcome, I was convinced the wood was Cherry!

Do you have any thoughts on how you might make use of the Spanish Cedar?

Steve

M J Dickson04/02/2016 16:28:22
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Yes I had already thought about what to do with (only) the sections that I have made ready and I will put them on eBay in due course and a web link on your Classifieds section as well.

I will let you know when, on this post.

PS if you go to my OneDrive you will see I have bought another plank supposedly Brazilian Mahogany, kind regards Michael

M J Dickson10/02/2016 13:51:13
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Hello Steve;

Just to let you know I have listed the Spanish Cedar, Cedro (Scientific name: Cedrela odorata) on eBay and a web link on your Classifieds section as well, kind regards Michael.

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