Bubinga 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Bubinga 8/4 Lumber
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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:
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 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

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.

About Bubinga (Guibourtia tessmannii)

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
More Bubinga!
You have a lot of ways to buy this wood!

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
4.7
out of 5
5 (9)
4 (0)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
90%
4.7
out of 5
5 (9)
4 (0)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
90%
10 Total Reviews
June 13, 2018
5 out of 5
Beautiful
Review by  Josh from Minnesota
My first time ordering lumber online and it was amazing. Boards were beautiful and I will be a repeat customer.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
October 25, 2017
2 out of 5
bubinga gran
Review by  Anonymous 
a lot of sap wood not a lot of grain . Have purchased in the past and got good color and grain. Very disappointed with this piece
Verified Buyer
June 7, 2017
5 out of 5
Bubinga Bazinga!
Review by  NeverDun from Seattle
Received a beautiful chunk of bubinga for an award baseplate I'm machining. The tight grain is very contour friendly, and I had little to no edge chipping with my endmill. This stuff is hard, so make sure you have sharp tools! it looks nice in it's dry state, and with a quick wipe with alcohol to see what it looks like wet, WOW! It really pops.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 13, 2017
5 out of 5
2nd material order
Review by  Hoots Homeshop from Florida
This particular order included 8/4 Bubinga, Excellent quality of the material and packaging
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 19, 2014
5 out of 5
Beautiful Wood
Review by  Tom C. from jacksonville, fl USA
Dear Robert, and Craig Yahoooo!!!!!!!! The order arrived!! Everyone on my street some 1400 excited friends and family gathered with unpresedented anticipation of the order you so meticulasly wrapped. There were parades, ballons and best of all cat juggling. Nearby mayport naval station even send a squadren of F-18's to do a fly over. Never before has ther been such a homecoming for the wood that would become the finished product to brighten up the life of the lucky and might I add blest wife in the form of her new end table. I could only wish that I could have been there for the glorious send off of my order as it left your facility. I'd have to imagine that it would have been like the lift off of Apollo 11 as it rocketed to the moon, or The Wright brothers first flight at Kiitty Hawk. I have imortalize the spot where THE PACKAGE touched the earth at ground zero arrival with a solid gold plaque fixed to a permitted sign for all to reflect on the moment for years to come. Thank you for your amazing service and I look forward to ordering again soon. Bubinga is spectacular. Thank you for your amazing service.
Recommended
March 19, 2013
5 out of 5
Dont give 5's often
Review by  Bryan from Harborcreek, Pa Erie
These 2 pieces were awesome! Cant wait to use them.
Recommended
10 Total Reviews
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