#1
Hey guys,

I recently came across this really unique wood and I’ve been wondering what the name of it is. A few days ago I got a hold of a 7/8” thick table top that was dark, dark red in colour and 100% wood, which I found interesting since everything today just has a laminate on it. I would like to build a few guitars out of this stuff and I could get a few guitar tops out of it… So I bought the table top off my friend for cheap, cut what I needed, and started planning it down… My god. The pictures don’t do it justice. It is the most vibrate colour I have ever seen. It’s almost like a hot rod red with a dark orange tinge in light, with darker stripes.

After I cut it up, planned it and finished what needed to be done I brought it back to my friend and showed him. All the information he had on it was that it possibly comes from Indonesia and it’s used for flooring (as you can still get it today.) He said it may be possibly Bubinga… I’ve never worked with the stuff but from pictures of it I don’t think it is. It cut on the table saw quite cleanly, but the planner had some difficulties with it, so I’m leaning towards a hardwood. It’s harder than my fingernail, I know that. A piece of it 19” wide x 21” long x 3/8” thick is about 4.3 pounds. It smelt fine when I was working on it but when I let it sit, it didn’t oxides or change colour in any way but it did start to have a slight off smell, like if you were to cut open Zebrawood. Also, it has a natural minor shine to it after being planned. Anyhow, does anyone have an idea what type of wood this is?

Thank you so much!

Here are some pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97747867@N07/9088931747/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97747867@N07/9091152920/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97747867@N07/9091154052/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97747867@N07/9088935455/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97747867@N07/9091156568/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97747867@N07/9091157666/in/photostream/
Last edited by GuitarzMyThing at Jun 20, 2013,
#3
Mahogany most likely, though I'm not experienced in looking at wood.

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#4
Great looking pictures!
Bubinga is a gorgeous wood but it has a different swirly look to it.
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#5
Could be apple?

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#6
Quote by jamstation
Great looking pictures!
Bubinga is a gorgeous wood but it has a different swirly look to it.


That's figured bubinga. There's plenty of bubinga bodied instruments I've seen with a much straighter grain, similar to the posted pictures.
#7
If you ask me, it does look a lot like bubinga. But it looks very similar to mahagony, so I can't be sure...
#11
I was thinking Paduak, but in my experiences with the wood, Paduak isn't exactly a hardwood - granted, my experiences with Paduak have, thus far, been with fairly brittle boards.

If that is what it is, I'd be careful making a top out of it - Paduak has a similar tone to Rosewood, and is more suited to backs/sides and fingerboards (admittedly, I'm a bit of an amateur luthier, and could just be blowing hot air).
#12
Okay, so im between Paduak and Jatoba. Another question is why people would waste such amazing wood on flooring. Blows my mind.
#13
Quote by GuitarzMyThing
Okay, so im between Paduak and Jatoba. Another question is why people would waste such amazing wood on flooring. Blows my mind.

I am still betting bloodwood over paduak. Bloodwood is usually a little more brown than paduak. Sand it. If it smells like cinnamon, it is bloodwood.
#14
Quote by GuitarzMyThing
Okay, so im between Paduak and Jatoba. Another question is why people would waste such amazing wood on flooring. Blows my mind.


Well, it is a very pretty wood, and should be enjoyed by all - even the less musically inclined.

That said, I still prefer Pine for hardwood floors.
#15
I posted in your other thread, with the suspicion much like others that It was either Padauk or Bloodwood. But you were kind enough to share some info of dimensions and weight. So I did some math and found out the density and compared it to some averages of bloodwood and padauk, conveniently those two woods have significantly different densities that I was able to deduced that its most likely Padauk, and based on some of the grain I saw I'd bet on african padauk specifically.
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