Limba Black 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Limba Black 4/4 Lumber

$10.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $10.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $8.24 /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).
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Board Foot Cheat Sheet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Black Limba lumber comes in random widths and lengths, with a uniform thickness.
Here's what you can expect:
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?"

4" to 8" Widths

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

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range.
  • Request special width selection using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form.
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

6' to 14' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock at any given time. But there are some things to know:

No Minimum Purchase
We're easy to buy from! That means we can cut you a short piece(s) from long boards if you want.

Length Shipping Restrictions

Now don't be fooled. This is called black limba not because it's totally black but because it contains black lines. It's a stunner that adds character and life to your projects. You're looking at a wood that's very lightweight, extraordinarily decorative, and pretty nice to work. And therefore leaving you almost no reason not to try this out.

About Black Limba (Terminalia superba)

Weight

2.83

lbs /Bd. Ft.
-20.95% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

490

Janka Rating
-62.02% softer than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.45

Specific Gravity
-29.69% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

map of where Black Limba tree grows
Black Limba is an exotic wood from Africa

Lumber is separated for color and sold as white (without black streaks) or black (with black streaks). The wood is relatively soft and easy to work. Medium coarse texture. Open pores require filling for a smooth surface.

color of Black Limba
Color Range
Pale yellow to light brown with black streaks.
the Black Limba tree
What's The Tree Like?
Reaches 150 feet at maturity with trunk diameter up to 96". Boles are straight and clear to about 90 feet.
other names for Black Limba
Other Names
Black Limba, Afara, Ofram, Akom, Korina, White Limba
uses for Black Limba
Some Typical Uses
Musical instruments, furniture, cabinets, interiors.

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
4.4
out of 5
5 (5)
4 (1)
3 (2)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
87.5%
4.4
out of 5
5 (5)
4 (1)
3 (2)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
87.5%
8 Total Reviews
July 6, 2017
5 out of 5
Limba Black 4/4 Lumber
Review by  Ron from Pueblo West, CO
Two very nice pieces. Just what I was looking for for upcoming intarsia projects
Verified Buyer
Recommended
June 15, 2017
5 out of 5
black limba
Review by  hotdogdon from NJ
beautiful product, in process of resawing to replace plastic ceiling fan blades, black limba simple, unobtrusive and elegant look, very pleased.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 19, 2017
3 out of 5
Limba Black
Review by  WiseBuhl from Buhl, Idaho
I knew nothing about Limba Black, mine came more green than black - it is still nice in its own way and will have fun with it - it is hard buying exotic wood for the first time by a picture of one sample on a monitor. I am not sure if i would recommend Limba Black yet.
Verified Buyer
October 15, 2016
5 out of 5
Black Limba
Review by  Dewy from Las Vegas Nevada
Ordered Tuesday evening, arrived at my door in Las Vegas Friday afternoon! Thought that was pretty quick and I was very happy, then I opened the box... Wow! What gorgeous wood! All boards were perfect! Black Limba needs to have the ribbons of Black running through it and all I can say is every board has a "white" area and a striped with black! They are beautiful!
Recommended
March 26, 2011
5 out of 5
Black Limba Review
Review by  Walt Hawthorne from Croydon, Pa. U.S.
Gorgeous piece of black limba, nice and straight. Should yeild 4 very attractive fretboards for future guitar projects I'll be working on.
Recommended
December 9, 2010
4 out of 5
Nicely planed, dense wood. Not much black.
Review by  Dustin from ,
I ordered black limba. I got black limba, but only about a 2 inch strip right along one of the edges. This section of wood could almost have been full white limba if the black section had been trimmed off. Not quite what I was expecting, I was expecting more black on it, especially because of the picture. I am using it for a guitar back, and after deciding I didn't want a skunk stripe down the middle, I now have a full white, black limba back. Don't care much about the lack of black/figure, i am more interested in tonal quality, but would have been more striking with black/figure on it. Came as one full board when delivered. I would still recommend woodworkers as a supply entity because they were very quick with shipping, and the packaging was great. I would also still recommend the black limba(korina) because it is easy to work with and very dense.
Recommended
8 Total Reviews
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