Chechem 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet of Lumber

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Chechem 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Chechem lumber pack comes with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect:
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?"

3" 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

24" to 46" Lengths

You get a variety of lengths with the ends trimmed.

Here's the perfect assortment of boards for your small fine woodworking projects, or when you want to try just a little bit of this wood!
A 10 board foot Craft Pack is simple, plus we stand behind it with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. It includes a great mix of boards that total 10 board feet of hand-picked lumber, and you'll get a fantastic assortment of sizes: from 3'' to 8'' wide, and 24'' to 48'' long. All boards come surfaced on 2 sides (S2S) to 13/16'' thick, you can choose to have the boards planed down to a different thickness if you want thin lumber.

About Chechem (Metopium browneii)



lbs /Bd. Ft.
32.68% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
70.54% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
15.62% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

map of where Chechem tree grows
Chechem is an exotic wood from Latin America

A remarkably pretty wood with lots of variation and character. Texture is fine and uniform, pores barely visible; grain often interlocked. The wood works with some difficulty due to its hardness and density, and sharp tools must be used. Easy to finish and takes an excellent polish.

color of Chechem
Color Range
Dark reddish brown to golden brown or tan with lots of variation and alternating color.
the Chechem tree
What's The Tree Like?
Medium trees reaching up to 50 feet in height with a diameter of 18-24". Sap is said to be caustic and should be avoided, but the wood is not poisonous
other names for Chechem
Other Names
Black poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood, Chechem, Chechem negro, Chechen, Poisontree, Rosewood
uses for Chechem
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, flooring, turnery, accessories, musical instruments, small parts, cutting boards, picture frames, jewelry boxes
More Chechem!
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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12 Total Reviews
November 25, 2017
2 out of 5
Not the best experience
Review by  Bill from OR
I learned a valuable lesson here. The pickers for this company do not care what they send you. Two of the eight boards I received were bad. One was bowed so bad that standing on edge the middle was 1/2" off the table. I can cut it down to where it's straight, but then I've wasted half the board. The other was twisted beyond any use at all. If the pickers cared about what they were sending to their customers (the people who are paying their wages) they would have seen the issues with these boards and tossed them into the scrap pile. There is NO WAY they could not have seen that. I did email the company, and Mike responded very quickly. He said I could send them back and he would send out replacements. What he did not offer was to pay the freight to send them back, nor to send out the replacements. So in essence I would be paying shipping charges three times for two lousy boards. No, I'm not asking for free stuff...just quality stuff. Another company I deal with did not want the board back ( four different orders, and only one bad board). They apologized all over themselves and sent out a replacement immediately. THAT'S CUSTOMER SERVICE FOLKS!!! This was my first order with this company, and it left me feeling a bit disgusted.
Verified Buyer
November 24, 2017
2 out of 5
Chechem craft pack
Review by  Glen from Kirkland, Wa
The wood is beautiful but I was disappointed with the condition of several of the lengths. At least 5 were not planed completely on one side. There is still bark or whatever the brown areas are on them. And those areas are at least 1/32nd inch deep. I’ll have to do a lot of planing before I get wood as nice as I’ve had from other purchases from you. I recommend this product because of the finished beauty of it; not the condition I received them in.
Verified Buyer
October 29, 2017
5 out of 5
Review by  buffyou812 from CA
I have purchased a lot of different wood from this company and I am always happy with what I receive. Add yourself to the email list so you know when there is a sale. Great selection, cheap shipping, and great selection. I would highly recommend. I will continue to purchase from here as I continue to build my projects.
Verified Buyer
October 26, 2017
5 out of 5
Beautiful wood!
Review by  Anonymous 
Great selection as usual guys, you always choose the best boards possible. It's like you know me!
Verified Buyer
October 26, 2017
5 out of 5
Review by  Uncle Newbie from West Fargo, ND
What more can I say about this lumber than it is beautiful. The boards are all 48" long 5-7" wide. The pack was 11.38 bd ft of lumber.
Verified Buyer
October 26, 2017
5 out of 5
Chechen Craft Pack
Review by  Dan'l from Montana
Got shipment really quick and all's well
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12 Total Reviews
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