Bubinga 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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4.4
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4 (3)
3 (0)
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1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
85.7%
Bubinga 4/4 Lumber

$19.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $19.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $14.99 /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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hardwood lumber sizes
Bubinga 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 12" 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

Once you use bubinga, you just might forget about all other exotic woods for a while. On top of it being a uniquely pretty wood, it tends to knock your socks off when you apply a finish - don't stain this wood! Just use a clear top coat or a penetrating oil. Everyone will love your projects made with bubinga.

Weight

4.58

lbs /Bd. Ft.
27.93% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2628

Janka Rating
103.72% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.88

Specific Gravity
37.50% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 1/10
Red Oak

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

Fine grained. Hard and heavy. Takes a high lustrous finish. The wood works without difficulty except for gum pockets. Some logs are figured with a wavy, roey grain.

color of Bubinga
Color Range
Light red or violet with fairly evenly spaced purple stripes
the Bubinga tree
What's The Tree Like?
A large tree reaching over 100 feet in height and trunk diameter of 36" and clear for up to 60 feet.
other names for Bubinga
Other Names
Akume, Bingbinga, Bubinga, Essingang, Kevazingo, Ovang, Waka
uses for Bubinga
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, turning, decorative items, veneer, high end furniture and millwork, musical instruments, flooring, cutting boards, guitars, musical instruments

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

14
Ratings Snapshot
4.4
out of 5
5 (9)
4 (3)
3 (0)
2 (2)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
85.7%
4.4
out of 5
5 (9)
4 (3)
3 (0)
2 (2)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
85.7%
14 Total Reviews
November 24, 2017
5 out of 5
Bubinga Lumber
Review by  ET Woodworker from
The bubinga I ordered and received was exactly what had hoped for. Perfectly square with one edge finished. I will order more from them in the future.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
December 22, 2016
5 out of 5
Cutting board
Review by  John from Southwestern Michigan
Wood arrived on time and EXACTLY as promised.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 27, 2013
4 out of 5
Bubinga 4/4
Review by  Brendan C. from Norristown, PA USA
Outstanding material, nice figure, and I got one huge board about 13 inches wide. The only reason the grade isn't 5 stars is that I was nicked just a hair on board feet. I believe the company's thinking was that I got just a hair extra of 8/4, which I ordered at the same time, so things balanced out. But I believe that the company should always meet the minimum order quantity for every product.
Recommended
March 18, 2013
5 out of 5
bubinga color
Review by  al from PORTERVILLE, CA US
great color for many projects to come, i can see that now.
Recommended
October 18, 2012
4 out of 5
Pretty Good
Review by  Bill from Camden, De USA
Of the 100bf of Bubinga, all but two boards were in good shape. The order was delivered promptly and I got to use my free shipping coupon having already spent the required amount. I was disappointed that two boards were, in my opinion, badly warped. I sent an email, with pictures, but got no response.
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Woodworkers Source Responds

Sorry for the trouble. Customer service got the pictures and will be in touch today about a replacement. orders@woodworkerssource.com
Recommended
March 22, 2012
2 out of 5
It too bowed
Review by  Kenneth LeMaire from Kaplan, La. USA
Not stable bowed very bad
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Woodworkers Source Responds

That doesn't sound right, Kenneth. Very unusual for bubinga. Sorry for the trouble. We'd be happy replace it for you. Customer service will be in touch soon, or you can send a picture and a note to us at orders@woodworkerssource.com
14 Total Reviews
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