Unless I'm mistaken, it's African Padauk. It's a wood I really like although the fine red dust from sanding goes *everywhere* and really stands out. I've attached a couple of pictures of a cutting board my son and I made for my bride back in August and a picture (Picture 9)of some pieces I've cut down for making some trivets tomorrow. From a little web research tonight I've learned that there are several species of wood that are sold as Padauk, ranging from the red-orange I have to almost a burgandy.
[Addition] I've also uploaded a "Padauk Wood Sample" I just found.
The true color of my board is best captured in the one lying flat on my router table. The other ones are at an angle since I've already attached a MDF backer and T-handle to them, since I'll be lowering the boards onto a spinning router bit with stop blocks to do stopped cuts.
The trivets are a special request from my bride, who went with me to the wood shop and picked out a piece of Hawaiian Koa she wants for the trim. She would like to have one to take to the family's Thanksgiving dinner this next week, so my under drill press table project gets a day or two off while I do these.
I hope this helps!
I've got an 8/4 piece of Padauk about 8" wide x 8' long setting in my lumber rack, waiting for the perfect project. It was just too beautiful of a piece of wood to not pick up! I found it in my local wood store (one that caters to cabinetmakers), so I'd think you might be able to do the same thing.
Here it sells for only a little more than premium rock maple or walnut, about a third of the price of Koa. One day I want to make some boxes with it. I think it'll contrast well with both maple and walnut.
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Last edited by BigJimAK; 11-21-2009 at 06:55 AM.