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    Here is a link to Meranti that is not too...

    Here is a link to Meranti that is not too technical. Its a tropical (asian rainforest) hardwood

    White Meranti | The Wood Database - Lumber Identification (Hardwood)

    There are other source if...
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    First thanks for the excellent images you...

    First thanks for the excellent images you supplied Lyndon. :)

    Although familiar I cant id it, but I'm sure from the features (rays and parenchyma) in the end grain image it IS a hardwood and...
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    Here is a technical paper for those who are...

    Here is a technical paper for those who are interested in the pigment found in Merbau and Afzelia

    Topochemical investigation on phenolic deposits in the vessels of afzelia ( Afzelia spp.) and...
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    I have always assumed they are not mineral salts...

    I have always assumed they are not mineral salts (that DO occur in tropical woods) but rather a yellow organic pigment / dye in this species. Do some tests to confirm it with Merbau shavings. The...
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    Pics of the leaves, fruits or flowers and bark...

    Pics of the leaves, fruits or flowers and bark can all be helpful for ID.
    Good quality pics too to help those who stick their necks out with names. Euge
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    Hi Ian, yes it is grown as a street and park tree...

    Hi Ian, yes it is grown as a street and park tree in cooler parts if Vic. And occassionally cut down. But I haven't got any I can lay my hands on to show you. Sorry, if I come across some I will take...
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    Cklett, Thank you very much for the offer,...

    Cklett,

    Thank you very much for the offer,
    But in the space of under an hour, my problems been sorted.
    An individual hear who wants to re main anonymous
    as offered a bit of Norfolk Island...
  8. Thread: Harmonica combs

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    Like others here, I am SO very impressed Cal. ...

    Like others here, I am SO very impressed Cal.
    We all hope its a great success for you as it appears to be now. Well done. :)

    Eugene
  9. The identification of old dirty oxidised wood in...

    The identification of old dirty oxidised wood in a pack or stack is very hard unless it uses a trade name or 3 letter code. Is it safe? Some background on its origins, nature, sizes (slabs, logs,...
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    WANTED:QLD. Here are pics of freshly cut (end grain) from 2...

    Here are pics of freshly cut (end grain) from 2 boards from 2 different sources (maybe same mill or milling as dimensions are similar) One may be a better match that the other.

    Hope to send then...
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    WANTED:QLD. Hi David, I have found 2 short boards from...

    Hi David,

    I have found 2 short boards from which I can cut the 2 lenghts you suggested to me. They are ex 5 x 1" (now 125 x 20 mm and but not clean you will need to sand them yourself). One is a...
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    WANTED:QLD. Finally caught up with this request. :U Being...

    Finally caught up with this request. :U
    Being small in quantity & size (the wood I mean) I think I can help IF I can find a small board I have in mind. Will PM with news soon
    Cheers Euge
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    Here are a few general views and comments. I...

    Here are a few general views and comments. I believe it a Bauhinia as you have suggested. Hope this is helpful. It may not be what you want.

    I have cut and used this species for reference...
  14. Thread: Albizia?

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    agree with you, from the leaf it does look like...

    agree with you, from the leaf it does look like an Albizzia species
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    In my opinion its mulga (Acacia aneura) from wood...

    In my opinion its mulga (Acacia aneura) from wood appearance and especially the bark.
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    If its milled near Brisbane (0n east coast...

    If its milled near Brisbane (0n east coast somewhere and is a native rainforest tree) it COULD be brown tulip oak, or one of the other Tulip Oaks (from the fine rays in the middle pic). Botanically...
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    A southern eucalypt is my guess, Looks like it...

    A southern eucalypt is my guess, Looks like it has gum veins & large birdseyes which occur in many species. I've seen it in shining gum (E.nitens) for example and have a narrow table which look a bit...
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    Species ?
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    Indeed, if you have a delivery of merbau decking,...

    Indeed, if you have a delivery of merbau decking, and its left on concrete after rain, you will know about it from the stain. Not a problem for indoor furniture etc
  20. Thread: New to Box Making

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    I occasionally offer figured panels and short...

    I occasionally offer figured panels and short figured boards suitable for boxes. PM if really interested. Very wide range of species from all over the country. When our lockdown ends, you are welcome...
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    If its Merbau the yellow stuff in its pores...

    If its Merbau the yellow stuff in its pores dissolves in alcohol or metho. (this yellow substance also stains concrete/ cement)
    The yellow solution of a Merbau extract in alcohol fluoresces / glows...
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    The Burning Splinter Test

    I would say it looks like Jarrah too.

    Here is an interesting test.. using a the ash left after combustion of a splinter of jarrah ..

    "Karri closely resembles jarrah in structure and...
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    a local eucalypt (or Brush Box) I'd say with so...

    a local eucalypt (or Brush Box) I'd say with so little to go by .. one of the more weather resistant ones used for decking. Maybe ask a local decking supplier.
  24. Thread: Huon pine burl

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    very nice work Peter! Nice choice of wood too. :)

    very nice work Peter! Nice choice of wood too. :)
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    Agree... looks like Qld Maple to me too.

    Agree... looks like Qld Maple to me too.
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    Here are link to my best guess ....a Grevilea...

    Here are link to my best guess ....a Grevilea like these, Have a look at these

    Grevillea nematophylla F.Muell. subsp. nematophylla: FloraBase: Flora of Western Australia
    Grevillea nematophylla...
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    Its not a Melaleuca* IMO because NO melaceuca...

    Its not a Melaleuca* IMO because NO melaceuca woods have the rays (what you call "grain") that are so obvious on the turned handle.
    Its a Proteacea of some sort. Bark may resemble some paperbarks...
  28. Thread: Ebony?

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    Yes very likely tropical ebony which are often...

    Yes very likely tropical ebony which are often with a striped streaked heartwood. There are a few ebony (Diopyros species) with striped woods like these.
    Ebonies are favourite timbers for carving...
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    Hi Rick, I stand by my suggestions of Proteacea...

    Hi Rick, I stand by my suggestions of Proteacea Family and likely a Grevillea or Hakea species imo.
    Maybe Grass Leaf Hakea is another possibility. Any of these names sound familiar to you?
    Lets...
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    Some ideas include Water Tree - Grevillea...

    Some ideas include

    Water Tree - Grevillea nematophylla. (this is what it looks like most to me)
    Beefwood (pale one) Grevillea sp.

    Other vague possibilities include.....

    a dryland Banksia...
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    Looks like its from the Proteaceae family eg a...

    Looks like its from the Proteaceae family eg a Grevilea, Hakea etc and there are many. They have many common names too (beefwoods, needlewoods to name some).

    I may be able to suggest some from...
  32. Thread: hairy oak guitar

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    That's WILD! :U

    That's WILD! :U
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    Lovely tone Cal! Thanks for taking us on the...

    Lovely tone Cal!
    Thanks for taking us on the journey with you and sharing your joys and a few difficulties. :)
    I do mostly appreciate them for their wood and your skills
    Cheers, Euge
  34. Hahaha... easy! :U A bandsaw!!

    Hahaha... easy! :U

    A bandsaw!!
  35. Thread: Cypress Pine

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    From where its growing (Vic) its almost certainly...

    From where its growing (Vic) its almost certainly Macrocarpa (Monterey Cyrpess) which is frequently grown in Vic (along fencelines for windbreaks, shade etc) and here grows to large size. It almost...
  36. Tend to agree with Ian's comments above re...

    Tend to agree with Ian's comments above re possible id and wavy grain. Although it does look like Brushbox (colour and grain) its lacks the durability required. Satinay was used until it became...
  37. Thread: Acacia carnei

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    WARNING this is an ancient 15 yo post!! Just came...

    WARNING this is an ancient 15 yo post!! Just came across it today and recognised that "gypsy" Al is talking about, didn't you Neil? :D

    Oh, should contribute something useful to support my...
  38. Thread: Acacia peuce

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    Not so, though I thought the same once. The...

    Not so, though I thought the same once.
    The species name comes from the Greek word for PINE because of the trees pine-like foliage

    :)
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    Wood toxicity is a complex subject Ambur. The...

    Wood toxicity is a complex subject Ambur. The biggest variable is not the woods used but more the person who works with the wood or uses it ie how sensitive you or they are eg to wood dust or...
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    My experience is only in labs not for stabilising...

    My experience is only in labs not for stabilising wood with CJ. Neil has a lot of practical experience .. but that wont stop me from giving my opinion :-)

    Acrylic crazing may be a result of...
  41. Thread: Huon pine stump

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    I suggest HIGH PRESSURE Water (eg from a Kartcher...

    I suggest HIGH PRESSURE Water (eg from a Kartcher etc) to remove sand, stones, included bark etc first.
    Once clean and dry, you can consider the tools you may need, once you know what you want to...
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    Another LOW COST option for you to consider... ...

    Another LOW COST option for you to consider...

    Eucalypt woods (with high tannin contents) incl. figured Red Gum, readily available from posts, firewood etc is very inexpensive in small sizes,...
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    A few more dark Australian woods you can consider...

    A few more dark Australian woods you can consider for a Paper Weight

    Burdekin Plum or Black Walnut (moderate price, easy to work, maybe not as dense as you'd like*)
    Black Bean (as above* ) ...
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    I agree that darker woods would look good with a...

    I agree that darker woods would look good with a silver inlay. Consider ...

    Ebony or better an inland acacia eg Gidgee, Western Myall etc (moderate pricing, though if figured can be pricey)
    or...
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    Thanks, that's helpful, and it confirms the...

    Thanks, that's helpful, and it confirms the density as 720 kg /m3 (or 0.72 g / cc) which is exactly what its published for Red Siris in Qld Timbers Tech Pamphlet #2, a publication by Qld Forestry.
    ...
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    May be Mackay Cedar or Red Siris (tropical Qld...

    May be Mackay Cedar or Red Siris (tropical Qld wood with a very irritating dust). It usually has those yellow streaks through a coarse textured red wood. Used for furniture when available.

    PS:...
  47. Thread: Olive wood

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    Good onya Peter, That's the way to revive...

    Good onya Peter,

    That's the way to revive flagging interest in the skill of pen making.... like you have, by example, showing a beauty like this.
    Well done!!

    Eugene
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    If you keep having problems DL (and are...

    If you keep having problems DL (and are desperate) I can offer some spare Qld Beech, Qld and Pacific Kauri (blocks & slabs), Denhamia (block) & Huon boards. All these are softish. There are others. ...
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    Another consideration could be woods from the...

    Another consideration could be woods from the Citrus family, most with fine textured, hard white featureless wood.
    Holly too. It a weed in some areas in Vic and is cleared. Pittosporum in Tas and...
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    Limewood / Basswood (Linden) is a cool climate...

    Limewood / Basswood (Linden) is a cool climate wood and not found, grown or milled in Australia. Most would be imported.
    There are a few suppliers of imported woods. Mathews & Trend are often...
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