Limba Black 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber

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Limba Black 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

$277.00 /Pack

1-2 $277.00
3+ $249.30 /Pack (10% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details
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hardwood lumber sizes

About Lumber Sizes

Lumber packs come with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect in Black Limba
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 8" 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

4' to 7' 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 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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4.8
out of 5
5 (5)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.8
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5 (5)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
6 Total Reviews
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November 13, 2019
5 out of 5
Awesome boards!
Review by  Matt from Sunnyvale
Only 1 or 2 were cupped pretty considerably. The rest were great !!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
November 13, 2019
5 out of 5
Awesome boards!
Review by  Matt from Sunnyvale
Only 1 or 2 were cupped pretty considerably. The rest were great !!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 26, 2018
5 out of 5
Black limba
Review by  Glen from Kirkland, Wa
I don’t always get wood orders that I like but this one was great. The colors and grain made the wood stand out when I only used General finishes Topcoat.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 18, 2017
5 out of 5
Black limba project pack.
Review by  Glen from Kirkland, Wa
This was a very nice project pack of limba. All the pieces had nice stripes and colors. There were some areas on most of the pieces that had some warp but still very usable. I was satisfied with what I received.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 4, 2011
4 out of 5
Quality
Review by  GW from Dilworth, MN USA
This wood is beautifull and great to work with. I suggest calling in your order and ask that pictures be sent prior to purchase, so that everything is perfect for your project. It is a great project wood and the dark lines really come out when varnished. Try it, I know you will love it.
Recommended
January 27, 2011
5 out of 5
Beautiful Stock
Review by  James C Andrus from SLC, UT USA
The boards that I received were all beautiful. It is choice wood and your pickers did a great job of finding nice stock. This particular species is kind of hard to find and I was not disappointed at all. My only wish is that I could get it chip planed at 15/16" thick or more but you told me it would be 13/16" and that is what it is. Great Stuff I will be back for more.
Recommended
6 Total Reviews
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