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What timber is this

Post by DIY Stew » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:54 am

This has come from a Victorian toilet, I have been asked to make a replacement, it must match exactly, is it pine?
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Post by 2chrispy » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:12 am

Sorry can't resist it, Lava Wood.

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Post by thatsnotafestool » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:34 pm

Wormwood ? :lol:
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Post by senior » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:52 pm

Looks like some sort of Bog wood.............
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Post by Rogerdodge » Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:48 pm

Exact match to include the d'worm holes ?

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Post by DIY Stew » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:31 pm

Rogerdodge wrote:Exact match to include the d'worm holes ?
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Re: What timber is this

Post by DIY Stew » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:06 am

Any help would be appreciated

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Post by thatsnotafestool » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:12 am

Very difficult to asses timber taken with digital cameras as they never seem to get the right colour - especially if a flash is/is not used.

The colour of the top photo, for example, looks completely different to the last photo.

But given that the piece is Victorian then I'd guess the top photo is some form of mahogany.
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Post by tusses » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:55 am

1st pic I would have said mahogany ...

can you plane a bit, so we can see under all that gunk ?

or, if it is to be painted, can to treat it, and fill it and sand it back ?

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Post by DIY Stew » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:00 am

thatsnotafestool wrote:Very difficult to asses timber taken with digital cameras as they never seem to get the right colour - especially if a flash is/is not used.

The colour of the top photo, for example, looks completely different to the last photo.

But given that the piece is Victorian then I'd guess the top photo is some form of mahogany.
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The last photo is of the top, which I think has bleached out some of the original colour as th underside is more redder, given the underside colour I think your right, some form of mahogany.
The customer (non paying very close relative on the wife's side) is never wrong, she said it was old pine, it has to match the existing toilet seat, now I have a dilemma, tell her she's wrong (OMG) and try to source some similar mahogany for the job, or make it in pine because that's what she wants!

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Post by tusses » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:02 am

if it is mahogany .. just replace like for like and tell her she was right .. it's pine ! lol

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Post by thatsnotafestool » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:27 am

Pine is very light and of low density compared to mahogany.
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Post by DIY Stew » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:39 am

its not pine, but she won't be wrong!!!
I've got some mahogany which I salvaged by cutting up old doors, problem is it's not wide enough and she wants it in one piece, also it would need to be bleached, something which I have never done before.
Tusses I like your idea, but it would be costly buying mahogany instead of pine, I don't mind doing it for free but I'm not buying the wood as well.
Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and tell her she's wrong! Watch the news for an amateur woodworker murdered by his never wrong sister-in-law.

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Post by woodsmith » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:33 am

Very difficult to tell from the pictures but it looks a bit like redwood (pine) to me. If you go to a reclaimer and look for a bit of old church pew or the like that may we'll solve your dilemma and save your bacon!
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Post by mark270981 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:29 pm

driftwood?
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Post by DIY Stew » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:42 pm

Thanks for your help guys, it's been confirmed as some sort of mahogany, I've spoken to my sister-in-law on the phone, explained it was mahogany and she took it rather well, so not only do I live to tell the tale I also have to make a replacement! Also well that ends well, as they say.
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