White Oak Lumber 20%-33% Off
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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 8/4 Lumber
$10.99 /Board Feet
|1-99||$10.99 /Bd. Ft.|
|100-999||$8.24 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)|
|1000+||$7.36 /Bd. Ft. (33% off)|
Mix and Match for Volume Pricing
Yes! You can mix and/or match related items to reach the volume prices indicated. Here's how it works:
- Lumber: 100 board feet of any mix of woods, or of the same wood
- Turning Stock: any 5 bowl blanks, turning squares, or pen blanks
- Veneer: any 5 veneer sheets
- Craft Packs, Project Packs: any 3 packs
- Router Bits: any 5 bits
- Sanding Discs: any 5 boxes of 50 discs
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Basic Board Foot Calculator
This calculator figures the board footage for an exact size.
What it doesn't do is convert that board footage into a suggestion for how much you should buy. After all, to cut a board into a piece 4" x 36" (for example), you have to start with something larger. Consider factoring your desired finished size by 1.5 or more. Check these out for more help:
Showing off a consistent color that's much like Mahogany, this ribbon stripe Sapele comes with a much lower price.
The ribbon stripe figure comes from quarter sawing the log - the interlocked grain of Sapele produces the length wise stripes, or ribbons. (See this picture in our Project Gallery) An added benefit to quarter sawn lumber is the utmost stability.
Thickness1-13/16'' thick, surfaced smooth two sides (8/4 S2S)
Widths4''-10'' with the edges still rough. Straight line ripping on one edge is available as well (available above with your order).
LengthsUp to 8'. Longer lengths may be available for local pick up or truck freight shipment. Contact us to verify.
What to Know About Lumber Sizes
Lumber Sizes Are Random
Hardwood lumber is different from standardized softwood lumber (such as 1x6 and 2x4 pine). Hardwoods come in various widths and lengths, which is why it may take longer to get your order together, and why you may need to buy more footage than you realize. The stack of mahogany above shows how lumber comes in many widths, rarely uniform.
We can select lumber to meet or exceed your requirements
For example, if you ask for 10 boards 6" wide and 72" long, we probably won't be able to send you boards that are precisely 6" wide or exactly 72" long. Instead, we'll need to:
- Send you enough material to yield your request, and
- therefore the adjust the footage you order and bill it accordingly.
Due the nature of hardwood lumber, each board in a stack is a different size, with different grain characteristics, etc. Our primary concern is providing you with quality material that you like. We want you to be happy and therefore we want to make sure you get what you need so your project can be a successful one.
What if I need specific sizes?
You'll have to cut your own pieces to size
Hardwood lumber is sold as a bulk raw product, which means that our stacks of lumber have a big variety of sizes most often from 4" up to 12" wide, and 6' to 16' long.
- Only some unusual exotic woods are narrower than 4" and under 6' long. This is clearly stated when that's the case, everything else is larger.
- We always ship the longest boards possible, and rarely ship boards less than 48" long unless you request shorter. The longest we can ship by UPS is 96" (that's 8').
For custom furniture building, the various widths and lengths often meet the needs and desires of woodworkers. But we do understand that certain projects have some requirements, and we're happy to help you out.
Here's how we can help you get the sizes you need:
- We can hand-select material that will yield what you need. Type your needs into the "Selection Request" field right above the Add to Cart button above when you place your order.
- We can do some limited custom milling such as planing to a different thickness and straight-line ripping one edge. Please call or email to talk about your needs.
Lumber Thickness Compared
The thickness of hardwood lumber is expressed as a fraction in quarters of an inch. 4/4 is the most common, and roughly means 1" thick. Here are the various lumber thicknesses compared to one another.
Our blog explains more. Click here.
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The Woodworkers Source Difference
wood of the monthBubinga 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
wood of the monthOak White Quarter Sawn 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
Sapele Species Info (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
Sapele Wood CharacteristicsGorgeous mahogany look-alike with a slightly finer texture than Honduras Mahogany, and a typically interlocked grain. Sapele is also a lustrous wood that works fairly well in all operations - planing, sawing, routing, sanding, etc.
Color RangeDark red brown, very similar to mahogany
Other NamesAboudikroe, Penkwa, Assi, Sapele, Assie sapelli, Sapele mahogany, Lifari, Sapeli
Some Typical UsesBoat building, Decorative veneer, flooring, furniture, joinery, Canoes, Chairs, Chests, Concealed parts (Furniture), Desks, Dining-room furniture, Excelsior, Figured veneer, kitchen cabinets, musical instruments, Tables, Veneer
What's the Tree Like?May reach a height of 150-200 feet; bole straight and cylindrical, clear to 100 feet; trunk diameters to 6' over broad, low buttresses, sometimes not buttressed. The Sapele tree grows in Africa; Ivory Coast and Nigeria
3.50lbs /Bd. Ft.
-2.23% lighter than red oak(3.58 /bd. ft.)
1510Janka Rating (?)
17.05% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
0.62Specific Gravity (?)
-3.13% less dense than red oak(.64)
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Why Your Lumber Quantity May Need To Change
In short, you may receive slightly more wood than you order and be charged for it. But don't worry, this is usually no more than a fraction of a board foot, but we do need to charge you for exactly what you receive. Why? Because the amount of wood you buy is largely dependent on the sizes available in the lumber pile. We will always do our best to ship you what you order, though.
Here's an Example
If you order 2 board feet of a wood, the board we may need to ship you could be something like 4/4x6-1/2"x49". That's actually 2.21 board feet, and that's what you will be charged for.
Here's What to Know
- We will aim to come as close as possible to the board footage you order
- We will ask for your permission if the overage is 10% more than the amount you originally ordered
- If you order, as an example, 10 board feet of a wood, you won't get 12 or 15 board feet. It may be more like 10.2 or 10.8
- Due the nature of hardwood lumber, each board in a stack is a different size, with different grain characteristics
- Our primary concern is providing you with quality material that you like
- We want to make sure you get what you need so your project can be a successful one
Shipping Costs also will be adjusted to reflect the actual quantity we're shipping you as well.
We we want you to be happy with your order and our service! So if you still have concerns about what you need and what we can do for you, please call to discuss. Due to the limitations of website software, it's best to handle this type of order person-to-person.
Lumber comes in various widths (usually 4" to 12") and lengths (4' to 8')
Lumber comes in various widths and lengths, which is why sizes and final board footage must fluctuate, and this is why you may need to buy more footage than you realize. The stack of mahogany above shows how lumber comes in many widths, rarely uniform.
Doing Business with Us Is Better
Take how you feel about the usual lumberyard and throw it out the window. Doing business with Woodworkers Source is better.
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
Simply stated, we really want you to be happy with what you buy from us.
That's why we stand behind our lumber, wood, veneer, and turning stock with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're unsatisfied we want to know so we can fix it.
We pay the return shipping if you aren't happy
Yes, that's an awfully expensive proposition -- that's exactly why we work hard to get it right the first time by asking you questions about your projects, being careful with hand selection, and being mindful that you're putting your trust in us to pick out great looking wood that you'll be proud of.
Hand Selected Lumber
There's Only One Way to Do This, and That's By Hand
Your order gets attention by a real person who selects your wood, one piece at a time, and whose goal is to make you happy that you chose to do business with us.
That's the way we've done it since 1998 when we first started shipping hardwood lumber to woodworkers all over the world. We believe that hand selection is our magic ingredient. Because of that, we'll also stand behind your order with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you don't like the wood you receive from us, we'll replace it.
See It Before You Buy
We can take photos of any of our lumber and send them to you by email, text, or any method you prefer. We'd like to empower you to make decisions and we can make informed suggestions based on your project and your tastes. Call or email us.
The Woodworkers Source Difference
Friendly Help and Woodworking Advice
The members of our crew are woodworking hobbyists too, so they get to know many of our woods by working with them. When you call or email, you'll talk to a friendly fellow woodworker who understands your concerns and, more importantly, is willing to help.
We Enjoy the Craft of Woodworking
That's why we provide tips and advice through as many channels as possible:
No One Knows it All
Woodworking is a very broad topic, and there's no one who knows it all. But fortunately we have a staff of people who each have knowledge of different specialties. So if the person you're speaking with doesn't know the answer, they'll find someone who does.
What Is a Straight Line Rip?
Make It Easier to Cut to Size on Your Table Saw
All of our lumber is stocked surfaced on two sides - which means the face and back of the boards are good and smooth and the edges are rough sawn. A rough edge is rarely suitable to be guided against a table saw fence. A straight line rip puts a true edge on the board so you can run it against a table saw fence and cut the width you need. A straight line rip is also performed after measuring the board. The rip will remove 1/16" to 1/8" from the width of the board.
So you might be wondering why
Hardwood lumber is primarily a raw product. It's been sawn from a log with big machinery that leaves rough surfaces. We then have the material surfaced (planed) on the two faces (after it's been kiln dried) and we stock it this way - smooth faces, rough edges. There are many benefits to stocking lumber like this, the biggest reason is because we find it to be a decent balance between cost and usefulness to the woodworker. Every aspect of machining adds cost to the wood, so we minimize that as much as possible by only having the lumber planed. It allows you to have a workable and smooth surface and also see the grain and color of the boards. Though every board will have to be jointed or straight-line-ripped eventurally, there's no distinctive advantage to stocking it with the edges already straightened. Plus it would add cost. Where many experienced woodworkers might prefer fully rough lumber, we find that many new and intermediate woodworkers do not have a planer, the critical tool for surfacing lumber. And we're here to serve woodworkers of all skill and experience levels as best we can.
Lumber Selection Requests Are $1.00 per BF
Use this selection service to tell what you need to yield. We will check our stock to see if we can satisfy the requirement to get you material that will allow you to cut your parts to your sizes. If we can meet your requirement, we will do so. If not, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.
NOTE: The $1.00 is a selection fee for the labor of hand-sorting boards to meet your minimum requirements; it is not a fee that covers cutting boards or providing boards of an exact size. We'll provide material that will yield what you need, you'll do your own final cutting to size. If you have questions, please call 800-423-2450.
4 Things To Know About Size Requests
- You may be charged for more wood than you order: We will select material that can yield your specified dimension(s). That means we may have to ship you board(s) that are wider or longer than you request, and therefore they may compute to more footage than you calculated. You will be billed for the actual footage that we ship (More At Bottom). Yes, we always contact you first to discuss and make sure you get what you need and are not surprised by additional charges. It might take longer to get your wood.
- Selecting lumber to your specifications may take longer than our standard 3 day turn around: Yes, we always contact you to let you know.
- Your wood will need to be cut to final size by you: Please be aware that your specifications ought to reflect what you need to yield out of a board, or what your minimum size is. We will not cut anything to exact dimensions based on sizes you type into the selection box. If you need wood cut to an exact size, please call for a quote 800-423-2450
- We we want you to be happy with your order and our service: So if you still have concerns about what you need and what we can do for you, please call to discuss. If you do need pieces cut to specific sizes, please call or email for a quote to do so. We'll be happy to help. Due to the limitations of website software, it's best to handle this type of order person-to-person.