I was making some new jigs for the TS today and grabbed a narrow, knarly
board out of the stash . I got this board with a bunch of Jatoba I got last
spring and it was the little guy amongst a bunch of 16+ wide by 8/4 thick
stuff. This board was just 4/4 and 6" or so wide, but I thought it was
Jatoba as well. After scraping off the dirt and milling it down it became
apparent that it is not Jatoba. It's definitely not a North American
hardwood either. It's has a pretty rich red color, and somewhat like
Jatoba in feel/weight. However, it has a very strong smell of black
licorice, or anise or something. Maybe Eucalyptus??? If you've ever worked
with the stuff, the smell would be unmistakable. I can post a pic tomorrow
if needed. Thanks, --dave
It could be many things if the piece was combined with the stack at a
lumber dealer, for instance:
In my experience, all of these have a strong smell when milling.
Really hard to tell without *clear* and close-up pictures of the face
grain and end grain.
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