Jatoba/Brazilian Cherry 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber

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Jatoba/Brazilian Cherry 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

$276.00 /Pack

1-2 $276.00
3+ $248.40 /Pack (10% off)
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hardwood lumber sizes
Jatoba lumber pack comes with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect:
13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) to 13/16" actual thickness. May still require you to flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 12" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this pack.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range
  • Special hand-selection is avaialble at an additional fee, please contact to inquire
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

48" to 84" Lengths

Lengths will vary within this range.

A 20 board foot Project Pack is a great way to buy some lumber because they're simple and we stand behind them with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. A Project Pack includes a total of 20 board feet of our hand-picked lumber, and you'll get a fantastic assortment of widths (typically between 4'' and 10''), and lengths (between 4' and 8'). Purchase a Project Pack when you need enough wood to make a medium sized project like a coffee table or cabinet. As usual, all the lumber is surfaced on two sides (S2S), and kiln dried.

About Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril)

Weight

4.67

lbs /Bd. Ft.
30.45% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2653

Janka Rating
105.66% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.91

Specific Gravity
42.19% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

map of where Jatoba tree grows
Jatoba is an exotic wood from Latin America

Also called Brazilian Cherry, and one of our more popular imported woods. Hard, very heavy, and very tough. The grain is commonly interlocked with a medium coarse texture. Somewhat difficult to work due to its hardness and weight, however Jatoba remains a popular choice for furniture pieces and other woodwork.

color of Jatoba
Color Range
Russett to reddish brown, often with dark stripes or streaks.
the Jatoba tree
What's The Tree Like?
Usually less than 100 feet with a trunk 24-48", but occasionally larger. May have swollen bases or buttresses and boles clear to 80 feet.
other names for Jatoba
Other Names
Alga, Algarrobo, Azucar huayo, Brazilian Cherry, Copal, Copinol, Courbaril, Gaupinol, Jatahy, Jatoba, Jutai, Kawanari, Locust, Pie de venado, Rode locus, Rode rode locus, West indian locust
uses for Jatoba
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, veneer, decks, outdoor furniture, trim, stairs, moldings.

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. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

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
4.8
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.8
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4 Total Reviews
  • 1
October 25, 2017
5 out of 5
Very impressed & happy customer
Review by  Gene from Stanwood, WA
At first I was hesitant at ordering lumber sight unseen online. Unfortunately our local lumber yards just couldn't keep up with the supply we required, so we took a chance and ordered a shipment of Jatoba 4/4 from Woodworkers Source. I couldn't have been more pleased with the quality, color and size of the boards. They have met our requirements spot on, every time for several orders now and I couldn't be happier.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
December 30, 2016
5 out of 5
Better than expected
Review by  Quicksand Van from Florida
The boards that were sent were all straight lined and wider than expected. Delivered on time as promised.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
February 13, 2012
5 out of 5
Table Top
Review by  Russ Mayo from Phoenix, AZ US
I'm making a table top out Brazilian Cherry. The table top required almost 40 board feet to complete. I was concerned how it would look since it would be made up of many individual pieces. It required a lot of sanding with a number of coats of high gloss Tung Oil. The colors and grain exceeded my expectations; this wood is very beautiful when finished.
Recommended
January 26, 2012
4 out of 5
Jatoba review by a moderately advanced worker
Review by  JAW from Virginai Beach, VA USA
This was my first online experience in buying wood, so my expectations could well have been too high. It's also my first use of Jatoba which is a dense but easily worked wood with beautiful color and character. All pieces I received were 6 ft long and packaged very well (bubble-wrapped and well bundled). Widths varied from 4 1/2 to 10 1/2 wide. I ordered no edge joining so both edge joined and planed the pieces. One or two boards were wany, but able to be used as shorter pieces. There were a few insect defects, most of which could be used for 'character'. There were a few flat sections too rough to use, but again could be worked around. The package was sold as 20 bd ft, but actual measure of the rough boards was 22 - 23 bd ft, so allowance was made for the rough parts. Overall I was quite pleased with both the character and workability of Jatoba and the delivery and quality from Woodworkers Source. I would order from them again.
Recommended
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