can somebody plz identify these wood?

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Forum topic by zoopmitty posted 07-06-2015 03:04 PM 1542 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2015 03:04 PM

I recently went on a yard sale run and there was this one location that had tons (literally) of stuff. I’ve been fooling around with wood working for a little bit and was wanting to get into using some better quality woods. they had a lot of scrap wood and these were the four i picked up… i know two of the four. The top being zebra wood and the bottom one purple heart but the two in the middle and the second picture is giving me the slip. I think the bottom picture is white oak.

zebra was 1” x 3 1/2” x 30”
the cocoa color one?? was 1” x 3” x 34”
the pink striped one?? was 1” x 4 1/2” x 39”
purple heart was 1” x 5 1/4×9’

I got all these for $100 and thought it was a great buy. I may go back and grab some more wood later on. They also had Grizzly Heavy-Duty Wood Lathe g1495 for $450 along with dewalt biscuit joiner for $75 which i was eyeing. Don’t know much about the lathe so i don’t know if thats a good buy. But the jointer i should have picked it up.

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 03:46 PM

The cocoa colored looks like bocote and the pink one looks like bubinga.

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 06:14 PM

Here’s my guess from a thousand miles away

Coca bolo or bocote or zircote
Tulip wood
Purple Heart
Hickory / pecan

Wood I’d question are favorite.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 07-07-2015 02:41 AM

thanks for the reply to the both of you. tulip seems right on but the others just seem off. Thanks again

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#4 posted 07-07-2015 04:21 AM

The cocoa colored one looks like kingwood.

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 04:41 PM

The second one looks to me like flatsawn cocobolo.

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 04:48 PM

The cocoa colored one looks like kingwood.

- esmthin

I agree.

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#7 posted 07-07-2015 05:00 PM

I agree that the second one down looks like kingwood. Does it have a purple hue?

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#8 posted 07-07-2015 06:50 PM

My vote is for tulipwood, bocote, and red oak. It could be white oak… here is an article on telling them apart:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 07-07-2015 07:30 PM

2nd one is Macassar ebony. The lighter stuff looks similar to bocote but is harder and more expensive. The darker stuff is more common and more desirable, which is what you have.


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#10 posted 07-11-2015 09:07 AM

The bottom one definitely looks like some kind of Oak. Then again, I recently got into some Mulberry (high branch material) that, polished up, could’ve passed for White Oak.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 07-12-2015 01:21 AM

Mulberry looks nothing like white oak.


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#12 posted 07-12-2015 06:01 AM

Mulberry, high branch, all sapwood.

Not even a little bit? The lower piece on pic 4 is the Cambium Layer.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 07-12-2015 06:28 AM

That doesn’t look like white oak to me. I’m just saying that in person, mulberry is unlikely to be mistaken for white oak.


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#14 posted 08-07-2015 05:15 AM

That “mulberry” looks like Sycamore to me. Did you see the berries? Grain and growth rings look way off for mulberry but that is looking like sycamore. The leaves look like maple or could be mistaken for mulberry but sycamore leaves are fuzzy underneath.

As to my 2 cents, macassar ebony looks spot on, and tulip wood seems right. Others unsure.

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