Goncalo Alves 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Goncalo Alves 4/4 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).
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Board Foot Cheat Sheet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Goncalo Alves 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 7" 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

Imagine a wood so bold and attractive and affordable that passers by always want to buy one straight off the top. That's goncalo alves. It's so tight-grianed and hard that you'll manage to get a glass-smooth finish with so little work that you'll have time on your hands. Oh, this wood is a beauty too.

About Goncalo Alves (Astronium fraxinifolium)

Weight

6.42

lbs /Bd. Ft.
79.33% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2250

Janka Rating
74.42% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.91

Specific Gravity
42.19% 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 Goncalo Alves tree grows
Goncalo Alves is an exotic wood from Latin America

Hard and heavy, of course. The fine texture and takes a glass-like finish, and is celebrated for it. While it's difficult to work due to tension in the wood, Goncalo Alves makes a fine lathe wood in addition to being quite durable and weather resistant. Tables and larger projects always look impressive when made from Goncalo.

color of Goncalo Alves
Color Range
Light butterscotch brown to reddish brown with blackish brown streaks.
the Goncalo Alves tree
What's The Tree Like?
Grows to a height of 100 feet with a long straight trunk about 36" in diameter.
other names for Goncalo Alves
Other Names
Bois de zebra, Bossona, Bototo, Coubaril, Gateado, Gomavel, Goncalo alves, Guarabu bata, Guarabu, encirado, Guarabu rajado, Gusanero, Jejuira, Kingwood, Locustwood, Muiracatiara, Mura, Muira, Muiraquatiara, Mura, Rajado branco, Red astronium, Robel gatea, Tigerwood
uses for Goncalo Alves
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, tool handles, bowls, desks, marine construction, small accessories.

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
4.3
out of 5
5 (7)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
81.8%
4.3
out of 5
5 (7)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
81.8%
11 Total Reviews
June 20, 2018
5 out of 5
another outstanding wood selection
Review by  Bert from Glade Park, CO
Again, another outstanding selection. I have made a dining room table and chairs with the first 25 bdf of this wood and chandlier and celing fan blades with the remidents from the first two orders of this wood with superb results. This wood has become my new favorite wood.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
June 5, 2018
5 out of 5
my favorite
Review by  Bert from Glade Park, CO
My new favorite wood to work with. I am making a dining room table and chair set and the wood is turning out just great. with the scraps, I made a chandiler for the dining room. outstanding results with this wood
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 20, 2018
4 out of 5
great wood
Review by  Bert from Glade Park
Some what dissapointed in the actual color verses the picture of this wood, however, great to work with and takes a high natural polish
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 10, 2018
5 out of 5
Outstanding
Review by  Bert from Glade Park, Colorado
Another great selection of lumber.
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Recommended
April 29, 2018
5 out of 5
Goncalo Alves 4/4 Lumber- EXCELLENT Species
Review by  Wyowoodsmith from Hulett Wy
I ordered 3 pcs 6" x 96" and as always- Very much impressed with my order, this is my first time working with Goncalo Alves and I love how hard it is, how very tight the grain is- I wish the three pcs I received had more of the Marble that the highly figured pcs had, but I can't complain, Very smooth, Very straight- I will want some more as I have some special projects upcoming- Thanks Again WWS
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Recommended
April 28, 2018
4 out of 5
Always a satisfying experience
Review by  Jim R. from Redondo from Redondo Beach, CA
I have never used this species before (Goncola Alves) and decided to try it. Your info on the wood characteristics was certainly correct, it was heavy and hard. One thing to add, wear gloves when handling. The edges give up sprinters easily and are painful due to hardness of the wood. Your team sent a beautiful selection of wide boards that I will put to good use on my next project. Just a magnificent looking wood, almost doesn't need finishing, but where is the fun in that?
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Recommended
11 Total Reviews
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