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Old 02-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Ok, this is my trim from a 1925 dutch colonial. I think it is mahogany, but I need verification because I am changing out some things and need to buy different widths to accommodate. These pics are of end grain, natural color, and finished color and grain...Let me know what you think, and thanks in advance.....

As far as smell, I don't even know how to describe it... a little pungent, but pretty mild....
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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The photos are blurry can you shoot them again?

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Thanks naptown CR. I had already made it to that stage of the game. However, what species is that guy holding? it looks familiar.
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These are the best I can get for some reason. Maybe they came out more clear...

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I need more clues. What does it smell like?
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Back up the camera and get a more focused pictured.
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It looks like Mahogany in the first set - not so sure from the second set, but I agree that sanding the back a little and having a sniff could be definitive.

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Can you increase the resolution on the camera? or Maybe link to a photo sharing site might allow for higher Rez images?
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Walnut
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Stumbled upon this site: http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

Click on an image & it'll show end grains and several other photographs.
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Possible. Going off the pictures is a guess for me. Just look at Kent and his maybe balsa base mold.
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oK, check the top pics again. I re shot them and cleared the old ones. I have no idea how to describe the smell, but I tried.
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My last house was built in the teens in Akron Ohio. I stripped all the woodwork in the living and dining rooms. It was black walnut. Some of the base was pretty beat up so I had to find some new 1x6 to match the old. The grain in yours looks like walnut to me. It was used a lot about 100 years ago in NE Ohio for woodwork.
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Looks a bit like the red gum in my parents' house, built around that time.

You can certainly rule walnut in or out by sanding or cutting the back and smelling it.
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oK, check the top pics again. I re shot them and cleared the old ones. I have no idea how to describe the smell, but I tried.
Light scent, but pungent and slightly nutty? If you have time, get a scrap of walnut and do the sniff comparison.

Much better pictures - all in all I'd go with Warren's walnut.
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I had already made it to that stage of the game.
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Most common wood species used for trim in that era were Fir and Oak. If it was hard wood, I would say it's oak, but most likely its Doug Fir.
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Most common wood species used for trim in that era were Fir and Oak. If it was hard wood, I would say it's oak, but most likely its Doug Fir.
Except nothing about it looks like oak, and from what I see it doesn't look like fir either.

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