Shedua 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Shedua 4/4 Lumber

$16.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $16.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $12.74 /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).
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Board Foot Cheat Sheet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Shedua 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 10" 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

You'll find a unique variety of color in shedua, this African hardwood. Ranging from a medium tan to dark brown with a bronze-hued cast, shedua frequently exhibits irregular contrast, stripes, and/or dark streaks. The wood is reasonably tight-grained and dense, making it a nice wood to finish with or without grain-filling. Consider using shedua in furniture, musical instruments, or small decorative projects

About Shedua (Guibourtia arnoldiana)

Weight

4

lbs /Bd. Ft.
11.73% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1890

Janka Rating
46.51% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.77

Specific Gravity
20.31% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

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

Moderately coarse, and interlocked grain that produces striped and, sometimes, curly figure. Also called Ovangkol, often sold for highly figured veneers. Hard, heavy and takes a glass-like finish.

color of Shedua
Color Range
The heartwood is described to vary from yellow brown to dark brown or chocolate brown, with gray to almost black stripes.
the Shedua tree
What's The Tree Like?
Impressive mature trees are reported to reach heights of 100 to 150 feet, with trunk diameters of 4 to 7 feet. The trees are usually unbuttressed and produce boles that are reported to be well-formed, straight, and clear of branches to 50 to 100 feet.
other names for Shedua
Other Names
Amazique, Benge, Benzi, Bubinga, Essingang, Kevazingo, M'Penze, Mbenge, Mutenye, Olive walnut, Ovang, Waka, Mozambique
uses for Shedua
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, veneer, guitars and musical instruments, jewelry boxes, decorative projects.

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
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  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 article if you want the full explanation.

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
4.6
out of 5
5 (6)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.6
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5 (6)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
9 Total Reviews
November 29, 2017
5 out of 5
Awesome Quality Lumber
Review by  Ian from Indiana
Ordered some Shedua and Purplheart for a couple of small projects. I had to wait a little longer on shipping because of the widths I requested but well worth the wait. The wood I received was of excellent quality, almost as if I had hand picked the lumber myself. This was a test run for me since I have never ordered from woodworkersource in the past but I will definitely be ordering again.
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Recommended
November 29, 2017
5 out of 5
Awesome Quality Lumber
Review by  Ian from Indiana
Ordered some Shedua and Purplheart for a couple of small projects. I had to wait a little longer on shipping because of the widths I requested but well worth the wait. The wood I received was of excellent quality, almost as if I had hand picked the lumber myself. This was a test run for me since I have never ordered from woodworkersource in the past but I will definitely be ordering again.
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Recommended
January 20, 2015
5 out of 5
Excitement Abounds!!!
Review by  Jeff from Charleston area, SC US
recieved my order of 25bf today, always alittle unsure until i unwrap the package. i swear my heart missed a beat. i give it 6 out of 5 stars. exceeded my expectations and nice wide boards too... thanks to all the staff involved!!!
Recommended
January 17, 2015
5 out of 5
Shedua
Review by  Dean from Cedar City, Utah United States
I ordered and received a craft pack It contained 3 boards all about 10 3/4 wide and a little over 4 foot long. In reading some reviews before I ordered I noticed that others had received fairly narrow boards.I have just started a project with the wood it is a beautiful wood but it is hard.
Recommended
April 8, 2014
4 out of 5
Beautiful, but short and narrow
Review by  JT from Middle of Nowhere, OK
First, let me say I have ordered several $1000s in lumber from Woodworkers and 98% of the pieces come in quickly and beautiful. This order of 50 bd ft was no exception. The wood looks great; however there is one "negative" worth mentioning (hence the markdown). According to the description, the boards are 4"-10" wide of various lengths. All but about 8 board feet were less than 4" wide (average 3.75") and the longest piece was 38". This would have been good information to have before I ordered the lumber. Fortunately this will work out well for my end table project as the widest/longest board (other than the table top) will only be 3"x22". Now, three caveats... 1) I did have the boards straight line ripped, so that could have been why almost every board was under 4". 2) Another reviewer did mention that the boards came in short and narrow for him, but the description was supposed to be corrected to reflect that. 3) I did not request specific board sizes because in the $1000s of orders I have placed I have always received boards well over 4" (most in the 6-8" range). Maybe that is my fault for not requesting... All-in-all, I love the wood and it will work for my needs, but be careful when ordering. Anyone have any ideas for finishing Shedua?
Recommended
March 27, 2012
5 out of 5
Shedua lumber
Review by  Craig from Peterborough, NH US
Very handsome wood
Recommended
9 Total Reviews
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