Could anyone help me identify this wood?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by JonS, May 13, 2015.

  1. JonS

    JonS Member

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    Today I asked my woodworking teacher if I could take some scrap wood from the bin. He said yes, and seconds later I started searching for anything useful. Then I found this scrap, that is just big enough to use for a pfs. Do anyone recognise this wood type? I compared it to a piece which said mahogny, and this looks totally different. It's a lot darker and doesn't have the same colour. ImageUploadedBySlingshot Forum1431533638.791996.jpg

    Here it is, compared to regular pine.
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  2. Will

    Will Thread Hijacker

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    I would say mahogany too. There are many color variations in mahogany wood.
     

  3. kempey

    kempey New Member

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    It is mahogany should make a sweet looking shooter
     
  4. fred45

    fred45 New Member

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    who cares make a PFS and put some finish on it we want to see the grain
     
  5. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    I'd say is from the nicewood tree ;)
     
  6. fred45

    fred45 New Member

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    I am with oonod, most likely nicewood tree
     
  7. bigdh2000

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    It is Sapele, a member of the Mahogany family. I have some just like it in my shop.
     
  8. dinobuddy

    dinobuddy Senior Member

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    Looks like walnut to me. Does it smell vaguely like rubbing alcohol when you sand it?

    EDIT: I had bought some scraps of something like this at a woodworking shop in town, and they said it was walnut. I just read on a wood forum that mahogany smells like rubbing alcohol, so now I'm thinking I was misinformed about my wood, and yours and mine both are mahogany.
     
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  9. zippro

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    mahogany :) realy hard wood and beautiful :)
     
  10. seppman

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  11. JonS

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    I figured out that it might be african mahogany. My woodworking teacher tends to buy exotic wood from all over the world, especially africa.
    So, what do you think? Would it look better with pine as middle layer, or plywood? Does it make any difference? Also, is pine too weak to use as the middle layer of a slingshot?
     
  12. bigdh2000

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    Use something other than pine. Pine can damage very easily and is easy to get to look nice initially, but dents and chips easily after that. However, you are on the right track, a light colored wood or metal would really pop with that mahogany.
     
  13. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    Depends on which type of mahogany you have, most isn't too hard actually
     

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  14. Jeb

    Jeb Baba Hunter

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    That's a cool chart, kohlqez. Thanks for that.
     
  15. JonS

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    What do you think about this?
    Middle layer: 10mm plywood
    2nd layer: two layers of 6-8 mm aluminium on both sides of the plywood
    3rd layer: two outer layers of african Mahogany, one 10mm and the other 15mm.

    Does aluminium look good togheter with both plywood and mahogany? If so, all I have left is buy me some alumium sheets. :)
     
  16. walkslo

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    Looks like meranti timber, might just be good enough for a PFS to me it would be the same as pine though, not the best!
     
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  17. Africanfarmer

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    That is a nice pickup line I am sure :p
     
  18. TheDaddy187

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    personally i think that almost 5cm thick is overkill on a pfs

    i think simplicity also works...
    2x10cm mahogany (although one darker wood and one lighter wood would add a really nice contrast) and 1 6-8mm alu core i think would suffice...
    you could always add a palmswell of any material if you needed it thicker
     
  19. deraNdy

    deraNdy Active Member

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    Yepp...agree
     
  20. JonS

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    Today I followed my mom to town and bought myself some 2-component 5 minute Epoxy glue. That will make it possible to make this slingshot.
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