Bubinga 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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88.9%
Bubinga 4/4 Lumber

$24.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $24.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $18.74 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
Learn How To Estimate Lumber Needs

About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Bubinga lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 12" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

Once you use bubinga, you just might forget about all other exotic woods for a while. On top of it being a uniquely pretty wood, it tends to knock your socks off when you apply a finish - don't stain this wood! Just use a clear top coat or a penetrating oil. Everyone will love your projects made with bubinga.

About Bubinga (Guibourtia tessmannii)

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Weight

4.58

lbs /Bd. Ft.
27.93% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2628

Janka Rating
103.72% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.88

Specific Gravity
37.50% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 1/10
Red Oak

map of where Bubinga tree grows
Bubinga is an exotic wood from Africa

Uniquely beautiful with an elegant-yet-natural violet to mauve color. The wood is very fine grained which makes it fantastic with a simple clear finish. Harder and denser than most woods, but it'll reward you with unsurpassed beauty in your project.

color of Bubinga
Color Range
Light red or violet with fairly evenly spaced purple stripes
the Bubinga tree
What's The Tree Like?
A large tree reaching over 100 feet in height and trunk diameter of 36" and clear for up to 60 feet.
other names for Bubinga
Other Names
Akume, Bingbinga, Bubinga, Essingang, Kevazingo, Ovang, Waka
uses for Bubinga
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, turning, decorative items, veneer, high end furniture and millwork, musical instruments, flooring, cutting boards, guitars, musical instruments

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.4
out of 5
5 (12)
4 (4)
3 (0)
2 (2)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
88.9%
4.4
out of 5
5 (12)
4 (4)
3 (0)
2 (2)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
88.9%
18 Total Reviews
April 22, 2019
5 out of 5
Bubinga wood
Review by  Anonymous 
I’m very pleased with this particular wood and look forward to making a project with it.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 12, 2019
5 out of 5
Excellent project wood
Review by  David from Texas
The bubinga I received was in good shape and exactly what I needed for the project. Bubinga has varied color and grain so my advice or anyone doing a project to buy a little more than what you need. This wood is hard yet very easy to work with. I did half blind dovetails for a drawer that were flawless.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
September 13, 2018
5 out of 5
4/4 Bubinga wood plank
Review by  Big Daddy from Yorktown Heights, NY
I gave the service and quality of the wood I received each 5 stars, I’d give it 10 stars if I was able. The plank I received even though it’s in the rough is a beautiful piece, no splitting, cracks or warping and honestly I wasn’t expecting something this nice of quality never knowing what you’ll get buying online. You Gentlemen have a new Customer here . I’m a first time buyer of exotic wood online, I searched up a few places online and decided to give your Company a try and I’m glad I did. I don’t buy much, I only use these products for knife and tomahawk handles, I purchase unfinished knives / tomahawks and create my own finishing touches for myself and friends , what I ordered will go a long way but I’m going to order a few more different exotic wood pieces for my projects . Thank You.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 23, 2018
4 out of 5
Very nice!
Review by  Jake from Wisconsin
Great lumber! The only reason it got four stars is I am disappointed in myself for not getting more.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
November 24, 2017
5 out of 5
Bubinga Lumber
Review by  ET Woodworker from
The bubinga I ordered and received was exactly what had hoped for. Perfectly square with one edge finished. I will order more from them in the future.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
December 22, 2016
5 out of 5
Cutting board
Review by  John from Southwestern Michigan
Wood arrived on time and EXACTLY as promised.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
18 Total Reviews
Videos, Articles, and Project Photos to Help You Do Woodworking
What's 4/4, 8/4, 12/4, etc.?
Understanding hardwood lumber starts right here with these wacky fractions.
Lumber Grades Explained
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3 Steps To Figure Out How Much Lumber You Need
Board feet isn't your everyday kind of math, but these three simple steps make it easy to figure out your project.
Project Planner Worksheet
Here's a handy (and free) Excel worksheet that helps you estimate the lumber needs for your project.
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