First Real Project Blog #1: Wood Identification

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 07-23-2009 07:30 AM 1067 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m planning to blog a VERY small project here but unfortunately, I need some help before I really get started. As an incentive for your assistance, I’m going to post a bunch of pictures which you will find below.

I recently purchased the material for my project from and individual on ebay. I basically bought a box of thins/cutoffs of various unidentified exotics. I need so help identifying what I’ve got (if you are up for the challenge.

Below is a photo of all the materials stacked by type. I’m not even sure I got this right, but I tried. Sorry for the mess. I’m in the middle of cleaning.

I was debating whether to post my guesses or not, but I might as well. I’ve linked to some of the ebay sellers other auctions. I know that he could potentially have somethign ID’d wrong, but he certainly sells lots of material and I feel like it should make comparisons easier than linking to other great sites like hobbit house inc. I’ll also add that the seller really crammed the box full. After opening it, I could barely get everything back in. I ordered cutoffs and got a free puzzle.

Top row (left to right)
Padauk, Canary Wood, YellowHeart (maybe osage), ???, cocobolo

Second Row (left to right)
marblewood, paela, rosewood, zebrawood (maybe riftsawn causing the gaps in the stripes), bocote, redheart, ????, sycamore, chechen or zircote

Last board (center bottom)

I know that a single photo is not the easiest way to go, so here are more detailed pictures. hopefully you can figure out how they relate to the picture above. I’ll try to go in the same general order as i listed my guesses.

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 01:05 PM

Try this site for pictures to help identify your woods.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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John Gray

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 04:31 PM

Here are a couple more places that help with wood identification.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 05:07 PM

Bottom Center is Limba? Never heard of that. But looks very much as would Claro Walnut

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 05:19 PM

I made some changes to my guesses. the cocobolo and bocote have been changed in my original post. I also linked those to hobbithouse instead of ebay. i prefered to stick with ebay so that maybe it would show comparable piece (like the limba) that would help affirm my guesses.

I thought it was black walnut at first, but I think I’ve got limba correct. I’ll add some more links when i get a moment.

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