Limba Black 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Limba Black 8/4 Lumber

$12.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $12.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $9.74 /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
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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:
1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" 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 6" 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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Would recommend this product?
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3 Total Reviews
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November 13, 2019
5 out of 5
Black Limba Dining Room Table
Review by  Anonymous 
The grain and color of the wood is outstanding . Constructing the table now. The wood is very easy to work with. Wood ran well through my plainer. Plan to oil finish the wood to enhance the grain.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
October 1, 2019
5 out of 5
Limba Black Counter Top
Review by  Adam from CO
I ordered two 8/4 pieces of Limba Black from Woodworkers Source to be no less than 44" long and 8" wide, each. I also requested to have an edge squared on each. The boards were in great condition and looked phenomenal. They clearly put some thought into picking these boards as the grain had great character in the perfect spots. I had a square edge to work with on each and they came together to make a great little counter top. I coated with wax to protect but also accent the grain without yellowing. I couldn't be happier.
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Recommended
April 5, 2017
5 out of 5
Nice wood
Review by  J. Eljon from Ga.
I made a table base out of some 8/4, and I'm very happy with the look. The wood I received was a nice assortment of shades with good color spotting/streaking and a few really nice long flame accents. Just the rustic/industrial look I wanted. Easy to work with; some good sanding and a little tung oil. All 20 bf were used and arrived packaged well. Thank you.
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3 Total Reviews
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