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Wood identification?

Can anyone tell what type of wood this is?
Galley Shelf Cabinet - TKRonaBoat
I would like to copy the design, and it matches my teak, however I do not know what type of wood this is. Is it teak, or something less expensive?
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Re: Wood identification?

Looks teaky to me....
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Re: Wood identification?

Hard to tell without a close-up of the actual grain, but it sort of looks like ash. Should be hard, with rather open pores, like oak has. It was apparently not uncommon in boat interiors. It's a lot cheaper than teak. Unstained and un-oxidized, it's a light yellow, but could be stained to the present color.
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Re: Wood identification?

I know this is a hard one. Everything I googled online about wood identification was rather vague, and directed at unfinished wood.
I guess I should be asking then: What wood would work with such a project, and can be stained or varnished to match existing teak?
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Re: Wood identification?

Looks like red oak. Get a small piece of red oak from a wood supply house and wet it then compare grain.
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Re: Wood identification?

Very difficult to tell from the photos. Looks a bit more yellow/red than teak. Possibly a mahogany variety? Could also be red oak, but the grain seems rather dense.

You may want to visit a local lumber yard; if you do, use an old cabinetmaker's trick: wipe some denatured alcohol on a wood sample to get quick idea of what it would look like when varnished.

I love teak, but am reluctant to recommend it to you because of the price. It is not only beautiful, but the oils/waxes in the pores make it very weather resistant. However, down below this is not so essential (hopefully), so there are a range of beautiful woods which can safely be used. Teak and cherry (can get dark), mahogany, ash, oak, maple; if you are building with plywood, walnut can look spectacular.

Find out what nice woods a reputable lumber yard has; take your time to inspect each piece. perhaps even mix and match (mahogany grabrails with ash storage units? Mahogany trim I like on lighter woods). Have fun!
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Re: Wood identification?

Looks like oak, but ash also has a similar grain pattern. If it's interior to the boat, it is dry when you mill it and you seal/stain it appropriately, you can use darn near anything you would use on land. If you're someplace where the boat doesn't come out of the water, the relative humidity will actually be more stable and seasonal movement will be less. If you're going to go oak, white is more traditional for boat use.
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Re: Wood identification?

Ipe.

A Brazilian hardwood that is becoming very popular...

I think its both - Ipe and Mahogany, but its hard to distinguish because of lighting, etc.
Beautiful woodwork nevertheless, there's definitely more to life than just teak..
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Re: Wood identification?

My guess would be mahogany. Red Oak usually has a tighter/finer grain. Of course, I could be wrong, too.

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Re: Wood identification?

Oak and ash can look a lot alike. Colors on a monitor aren't reliable. No answer you're going to get on the internet is likely to be reliable enough to warrant going out and buying a load of hardwood. (Except perhaps mine, of course.) Seriously, you need to look at actual wood and stain samples, or have a wood person look at yours.
Go to a lumber yard that specializes in hardwoods and look at the different species. Look at the stain samples. Try a few scrap pieces from the 'cut-off' bin with different stains.
Bring a piece of the wood you want to match if you can. If you're doing a woodworking project, pulling an existing piece off shouldn't add that much to it.
Also, try searching on woodworkers' websites for teak look-a-likes.
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