• We invite you to join UKWorkshop.
    Members can turn off viewing Ads!

Name this wood

UKworkshop.co.uk

Help Support UKworkshop.co.uk:

sunnybob

wysiwyg
Joined
11 Oct 2014
Messages
8,399
Reaction score
162
Location
cyprus
I'm 100% certain that youre wrong :roll: (hammer)
but only about 30% sure he's right =D>
 

Ttrees

Iroko loco!
Joined
18 Nov 2012
Messages
2,626
Reaction score
183
Location
In me workshop
I have either afrormosia, or Burmese teak (I can't find a closer match) and it does not look like the stuff I have.
It doesn't look like any of the hardwoods nicknamed teak either.
What does the other face look like, maybe a freshly planed area to see the colour.
Any presence of medullary rays?
Some folks would want to see endgrain also.
Tom
 

Trevanion

Greatest Of All Time
Joined
29 Jul 2018
Messages
3,775
Reaction score
572
Location
Pembrokeshire
That's an odd-looking one.

100% definitely not Oak.

Not 100% sure whether it's teak or not, If I could smell it I could tell you right away as it's not a totally pleasant smell, kind of like urine :oops: This is its rough foot trodden state right? it hasn't been planed at all yet?

Doesn't look much like anything else I've worked with either like Iroko or Keruing which are usually used for door cills and look a bit like Teak.
 

thetyreman

Established Member
Joined
4 Mar 2016
Messages
3,110
Reaction score
309
Location
North West
I can see why he'd think it is oak, but it looks too light for oak, no idea what it is.
 

JimWoodwork1975

Established Member
Joined
31 May 2019
Messages
48
Reaction score
0
Location
Newcastle under Lyme
It's got an old stain on the other side, this has just been cut not planed or sanded yet. The sunlight is making it look a bit more yellow than it is. I'll do an indoor photo, with end grain showing.
 

Jonathan S

Established Member
Joined
15 Mar 2019
Messages
251
Reaction score
10
Location
Monda,Malaga,Spain
Looks like one of those alternatives to teak, and very simular to one I pulled out of an indoor pool, can't for the life of me remember its name....not Ipe.....I was Brazilian.........errrrr brain just starting up..

Cumaru.

....again with all timber guessing games it's impossible to be 100%

Jonathan.

Sent from my SM-J530F using Tapatalk
 

sunnybob

wysiwyg
Joined
11 Oct 2014
Messages
8,399
Reaction score
162
Location
cyprus
I have one thick plank of teak, left over from a 1960s office block stair. Its creamy and has almost no grain. it doesnt look anything like that plank. i stick with my opinion :lol: :lol:
 

Trevanion

Greatest Of All Time
Joined
29 Jul 2018
Messages
3,775
Reaction score
572
Location
Pembrokeshire
sunnybob":3ff8a4yp said:
I have one thick plank of teak, left over from a 1960s office block stair. Its creamy and has almost no grain. it doesnt look anything like that plank. i stick with my opinion :lol: :lol:
Are you sure that's 100% Teak? I've got some pieces of Burmese Teak passed down from my father who in turn got it off a boat-builder friend in the 70's which he was going to use for carving but never got around to it. I haven't got the pieces immediately on hand to take a picture of but I looks very much like this image I've borrowed off google:



I'm kind of at odds with the pieces to be honest, I know back then they were seriously exploiting the trees, elephants pumped up with amphetamines to make them work harder, and people etc to produce the material so it's kind of like blood diamonds in a way.
 

sunnybob

wysiwyg
Joined
11 Oct 2014
Messages
8,399
Reaction score
162
Location
cyprus
I was assured it was teak by the man who removed the staircase. I shall take some pics, but theres almost no grain, and its so creamy its almost like milk chocolate.
 

Woodywright

Member
Joined
28 Jul 2019
Messages
11
Reaction score
0
Location
Tiverton
Well I was going to put up an almost identical post! I bought a load of window cills and bump rails from a bank being demolished in London and I think it looks much the same as this. I thought given the age of the building and the fact that teak was widely used in that era internally that it was teak. Last week I started to work it and i wasn't convinced it was teak. I took it to 4 different furniture makers and boat builderw and the opinion was split 50/50. On working it and looking it up on the internet images it suggested walnut. When cut it smells more like raw tobacco and not the smell of teak. I've added my images of a few random lengths. It varies in grain colour and figure but some of these look very similar to yours. I would be very interested in a definitive reply because it it is teak it would be very suitable for external use if walnut absolutely not.
 

Attachments

Trevanion

Greatest Of All Time
Joined
29 Jul 2018
Messages
3,775
Reaction score
572
Location
Pembrokeshire
Woodywright":1r19e262 said:
Well I was going to put up an almost identical post! I bought a load of window cills and bump rails from a bank being demolished in London and I think it looks much the same as this. I thought given the age of the building and the fact that teak was widely used in that era internally that it was teak. Last week I started to work it and i wasn't convinced it was teak.
That's definitely Iroko, I've made enough doors and windows from it to know that for certain! :lol:

It's really nasty stuff to work with and is horrendous on the lungs, it's actually a sensitizer so it actually makes your reaction worse to it the longer you work with it. Dust masks are a must.
 

JimWoodwork1975

Established Member
Joined
31 May 2019
Messages
48
Reaction score
0
Location
Newcastle under Lyme
Woodywright":3hec9sb4 said:
Well I was going to put up an almost identical post! I bought a load of window cills and bump rails from a bank being demolished in London and I think it looks much the same as this. I thought given the age of the building and the fact that teak was widely used in that era internally that it was teak. Last week I started to work it and i wasn't convinced it was teak. I took it to 4 different furniture makers and boat builderw and the opinion was split 50/50. On working it and looking it up on the internet images it suggested walnut. When cut it smells more like raw tobacco and not the smell of teak. I've added my images of a few random lengths. It varies in grain colour and figure but some of these look very similar to yours. I would be very interested in a definitive reply because it it is teak it would be very suitable for external use if walnut absolutely not.
The first photo looks similar. I haven't smelt it yet - I'm very new to all this, I didn't know the smell of timber was a thing! :D
 
Top