Zebrawood 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Zebrawood 4/4 Lumber

$24.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $24.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $18.74 /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
Zebrawood 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 8" 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

Seriously! Zebrawood lumber really does have a strong resemblance to . Zebras. Zebrawood shows off this beautiful vertical striping with light tan and dark brown; plus it's a wood that's pretty nice to work with sharp cutters and hand tools. Use a clear finish on this wood to preserve that dramatic figure, and your onlookers will fall head-over-heels in love with your woodworking project.

About Zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis)

Weight

3.83

lbs /Bd. Ft.
6.98% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2090

Janka Rating
62.02% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.74

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

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

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

Guess where this wood got its name? Zebrawood has a medium to coarse texture and a wavy or interlocked grain pattern. The alternating hard and soft material creates working difficulties, but Zebrawood takes a clear finish without issue.

color of Zebrawood
Color Range
Golden brown with pronounced dark brown streaks.
the Zebrawood tree
What's The Tree Like?
A tall tree to 150 feet; bole straight and cylindrical but relatively short, up to 50 feet; trunk diameters 48-60" over low buttresses. The bark is up to 12" thick.
other names for Zebrawood
Other Names
African zebrawood, Allen ele, Zebrano, Zingana
uses for Zebrawood
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, accessories, turnery, veneer, inlay.

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
4.2
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (0)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
75%
4.2
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (0)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
75%
4 Total Reviews
  • 1
February 13, 2015
2 out of 5
Everything on order was great, zebrawood......not so much
Review by  KFK from Wisconsin,
Very little contrast between light and dark. The piece I received looked like a piece of finished oak. I planned on using this for some nice dado inserts on a jewelry box but I am having second thoughts as the pattern was not what I was expecting. I have seen some quality zebrawood in the past and this looks absolutely nothing like it.
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Woodworkers Source Responds:
Sorry to hear about this, it sounds unusual. Customer Service will be in touch to get you a replacement piece.
November 15, 2012
5 out of 5
5 stars
Review by  BRS from Garden Grove, Ca USA
When I ordered my piece of 4/4 zebrawood, I must admit I was a tad worried that I wasn't going to like the figure (based on never having seen the actual piece prior). Once I got it in the mail I was very pleasantly delighted to find not only was it great figuring but it was one of the finest pieces I had ever seen. The piece is now part of a guitar top & it looks amazing! I would use woodworkers source again & recommend it to all.
Recommended
May 16, 2012
5 out of 5
Great Zebra Wood delivery
Review by  Jorge from San Diego, CA
The wood received for my project was of outstanding quality, straight boards, all of it usable.
Recommended
December 17, 2010
5 out of 5
Fantastic wood
Review by  tb from ,
Beautiful like you would expect. I love it.
Recommended
4 Total Reviews
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