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    Default What is this wood?

    I bought some wood in an estate sale, a slab of this beautiful deep red ( tinging orange ) heavy, hard & dense wood that I called bloodwood for lack of a better term. The widow did not know what it was ( her husband was hobbyist wood turner ).

    It works nicely, albeit it atomizes, not chips. Glues well. When finished it is very rich in appearance, with a tight rosewood-sort of grain.

    I need to buy more of this stuff. Edensaw has bloodwood, but it is grainer and significantly more orange.

    Here's a pic of one of my boxes that I made with it. Can anybody identify the wood for me? And, if so, a source? Thanks-

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    Default What is this wood?

    Looks like Padauk to me. Edensaw should have it. So should Crosscut Hardwoods and Compton Lumber should too.
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    Default Re: What is this wood?

    Nice Box!

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    Padauk is my first guess also. If you find a way to keep it from turning brown, you will be unique.

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    Default Re: What is this wood?

    Padauk my guess too.
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    Default Re: What is this wood?

    And there are many other woods that are close to that color. Blood wood, Indian rosewood or Chinese rosewood to name a few.
    A photo of the end grain would tell all.
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    Default Re: What is this wood?

    Looks padauk esque. What did it smell like working it? Padauk ime has sort of a cookie baking aroma; different than the rosewoods I've worked with.

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    Default Re: What is this wood?

    The curse of the whole wood sales / purchasing arrangement is "trade names". We have bloodwood here in Australia too, eucalypt that looks much like your sample.

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    @ Peter
    I have a piece of rail tie like that. The dark stripe is more porous than the rest, hard and a bit brittle. We call it Australian sleeper wood. Much coarser open grained than that box, would not take a finish so well.
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    I've seen jarrah sleepers offered for sale near here - jarrah is the right sort of colour, brutally hard and heavier than oak. The Burl is much prized.
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    Default Re: What is this wood?

    Identifying woods can be tough enough with a sample in hand a lens and a razor blade. From a foto, the best that can be hoped for is a list of possibles, as has grown here. I've seen Khaya ivorensis that looked like that (aka African Mahogany).
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