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tudormaker

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I apoligise if this is in the wrong forum.
I was given this bit of 4X4 and about the length of a pallet, I say about as I don't want to go out into the garage where I store some of my wood at this time of night.

It has got a very strong smell and is very heavy, it has also got what seems to be marks of a metal strap on the ends.

Terry
 

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Difficult to tell without seeing a picture. From your description though it could well be an old post made of pitch pine. What sort of smell is it?

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This could be one of the "Meranti" (shorea?), family of woods from the far east. There are a number of similar species commonly used for pallets. They are reddish in colour with varying density from light to extremely heavy.

I got about 20 pallet covers from a printer a few years ago that were made from this timber. It planes up well but has some wild grain patches.

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mikec
 

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It could be Ekki (Lophira alata), a African hardwood. I picked some up from some sea defense work I have been working on.
Its really heavy and has quite a strong smell.
 

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