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Peri

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Hi Folks,
I recently found some old school science desks that were going into the skip. Someone had already had the tops, but I managed to get the frames. I believe the desks were made maybe late 60's, early 70's.


Can anyone tell me what this wood is?




Thank you :)
 

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It's difficult to tell exactly from the photos exactly what it is but it looks like Utile.
 

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Thanks for taking a look.

The only other useful pics I have are





The small piece in the bottom photo has just been wiped with spirit to bring the grain out.
 

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Another batch of science tables from derby posted about here many years ago turned out to be iroko with beech legs. The orange-brn colour in your last photo could be iroko.
 

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Myfordman":3tud8dzz said:
Another batch of science tables from derby posted about here many years ago turned out to be iroko with beech legs. The orange-brn colour in your last photo could be iroko.
I remember them well. If these particular frames are iroko it's worth the OP bearing in mind that's it's pretty nasty stuff to work with; the dust is particularly irritating when it's being machined - Rob
 

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My guess was meranti - but thats only going off a google image search.

It planes beautifully - almost like a softwood, and it's quite light (not dense).

I wish I could give more info.

I did get 2 very damaged table tops a while back that I turned into bookshelves. This wood - again unknown - was much denser, much darker and was indeed horrible to work with power tools. Eyes, nose and throat very irritated - needed proper ppe for that.



 

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looks like meranti to me as well, but I've never used utile, when I did work with meranti it was nice to work with handtools but a bit dusty if blades aren't razor sharp.
 

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woodbloke66":20e88me9 said:
Myfordman":20e88me9 said:
Another batch of science tables from derby posted about here many years ago turned out to be iroko with beech legs. The orange-brn colour in your last photo could be iroko.
I remember them well. If these particular frames are iroko it's worth the OP bearing in mind that's it's pretty nasty stuff to work with; the dust is particularly irritating when it's being machined - Rob
Sensitivity to Iroko seems very variable. I get hayfever, mild asthma and excema suggesting I might be sensitive to such stuff, but I can work with it all day and no PPE with out adverse reactions. Curious
 

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another vote for Meranti often known as Philipine mahogany, its a very variable timber related to Luan which is extremely light & soft. Meranti will vary from pink to deep dark red almost purple colour, his will depend on where the tree grew. I have two large boards that I bought a few years ago, they had been stored in a barn for 40 years & the seller thought they were mahogany, but upon cleaning them i found a timber yard stencil stating Dark red Meranti, they were cheap enough so i wasnt too put out but it is unholy heavy & hard.
 

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Light, fairly soft, pale pink to reddish orange and dusty unless tools are razor sharp - sums it up perfectly.

Nailed it - thanks all.

:)
 

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