I.D. Wood is one of the first woodworking iPhone apps we think might be worth coughing up $2.99 for. Simply put, it’s an app that does just what the name implies — it helps you identify over fifty types of wood with full screen samples and a search function that helps you get where you’re going.
It’s a standalone app that, once downloaded, doesn’t require net access, so if you’re somewhere the phone doesn’t have a signal you’re still good. Basically it will display samples and grain patterns as well as tell you what part of the tree it was cut from and how — plus all the more handy stuff, like woodworking properties and common uses.
I downloaded it this weekend and took it to a few furniture markets in the local area to I.D. some of the stranger pieces I found, like a dresser that wasn’t labeled very well and had what turned out to be a Makore inlay. I found out it looks a lot like Cherry but the grain is tighter and somewhat rare around these parts, so it wouldn’t be a good candidate for my restoration project unless I wanted to rip out all the inlay and start again with actual cherry — so it saved me $85 right there.
It’s pretty useful stuff and a cheap way to carry a wood guide along with you. Check it out if you’re in the market for a way to identify most of the commonplace (and even some of the rare) types of wood without a hassle.
I.D. Wood: Reference Guide for Wood [Double Dog Studios]