Thread: Mystery timber identification
14th Jan 2020, 04:40 PM #1Senior Member
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Mystery timber identification
I realise this is probably a long shot but I have a curious mystery timber that I'm hoping to identify.
Mystery Wood 03.jpg
I've had this wood for about ten years after salvaging it from packing material that came with some equipment that was shipped from Germany. The hardwood timber was new at the time and the colour was so striking I decided it was too nice to throw out and decided to keep some. It has sat outside since bringing it home and has faded to grey on the outside but is still the same lovely colour after a light sand.
The other day my son was looking for some wood for a knife handle and I thought of this and cut him off a length. It was then that the woods weirdest property emerged. While he was drilling a deep hole lengthwise into the wood it gave off a smell like a rubbish tip on a warm day. The wood has no smell when sanding, being cut by hand or with a circular saw but when being drilled and allowed to heat up a bit it gives of a damp, mouldy musty smell.
I'm not concerned in any way as the wood has no odour at other times, it's just a weird property I've not encountered before and I though it worth asking If anyone on here might have and could identify the type of wood.
17th Jan 2020, 01:01 PM #2SENIOR MEMBER
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Ovangkol? Any chance of a shot of the cleaned up end grain?
17th Jan 2020, 04:37 PM #3
From a NSW point of view it could be Blue Gum or Red Mahogany. Down in Mexico I would lean toward the Red Hog.Instagram: mark_aylward
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