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what wood does this veneer look like?

Posted by fori (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 6, 11 at 13:48

Does anyone have a guess as to the wood species used for this veneer? It's on one of those bedroom sets popular after WWII, mass-produced waterfall style. It's got a delightful chatoyance that is sort of hard to capture on camera. Any ideas? If it helps, it doesn't seem to be one of the cheaper of these types, but it's certainly not high end.

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RE: what wood does this veneer look like?

Looks like Mahogany, most likely an Asian variety.

RE: what wood does this veneer look like?

Satinwood of a particular cut.

RE: what wood does this veneer look like?

Thanks guys. It would be easier if you'd agree! :)

RE: what wood does this veneer look like?

Using Google images you can look at veneers until you go blind and see many photos that would be contenders. Mahogany and satinwood are two of the most likely.
In reality there is no certainty; the person who veneered it has probably been dead for 40 years.
There are ways of examining a specimen with a microscope, but they are destructive, and costly.
We have done our best.

RE: what wood does this veneer look like?

Even if you were to determine the species with certainty, what is the purpose?

If you just want to call it the right name, that is a good enough reason.

But if you're trying to match the piece with some new wood, forget it!

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