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At the end of December I posted an exotic wood score from my BIL and confessed I only know what about 1/3 of the woods are, or could be. Well, I need some accent wood, small pieces, and I picked three from the group but no idea what they are.

So... can anyone help me with these?

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Top dark wood cocobolo
Stripped wood zebrawood
Last one lacewood
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Lacewood was my guess for the light one but I don't recall seeing it this tiny. All the Lacewood I've seen had much larger spots.

The other two aren't Cocobolo or Zebrawood. Cocobolo is red with black streaks and Zebrawood has stripes, not dots (dark cells) in end grain.

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The are all horrible. PM me and I'll give you my address, so you can get rid of them.

Easy to tell what type of wood they are. They were all free, so that makes them all popular wood.

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'Popular' wood - now that's funny!!

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Ok, a guess here too, Top is Bum-ebony meaning it's not pure black. But still high dollar per board foot. The lighter one is sycamore, and the other Zebra?
Sycamore is really pretty turned on a lathe.

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The one with stripes is not Zebrawood, that one I know. I showed it against Zebrawood and it is decidedly different.

And I have several different flavors of Ebony on hand but I don't think the dark one is Ebony, at least not like I've seen. It has sort of a Wenge look and feel but end grain is wrong for Wenge.

After doing some searches I think you're right on Sycamore - good call, Cary!!

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The large dark one in the new pictures looks like a Rosewood and the large stripped one appears to be Zebra, smaller brown possibly Bocote and maybe Pecky Cypress for the other stripped one.
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I just put those in there to show my original ones are not Cocobolo or Zebrawood. The ones I put in are Cocobolo (large dark one in new photo) and Zebrawood (large striped one in new photo).

However, I do believe you're correct on the Bocote, Brian!! I have some other Bocote and didn't even consider that - my bad.

And I believe the light one to be Sycamore, like Cary said.

So that just leaves the small one with the dark cell structure, appears to be stripes but you can see the dots on the end grain.

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This is a pet urn I made long time ago with Sycamore. Putting the tablesaw on a 45 deg. and running the board on a 30deg angle across the blade. Slowly raising the blade on every pass.
I've done some turning with it too, very nice wood.
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