Zebrawood 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Zebrawood 8/4 Lumber

$27.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $27.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $20.99 /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).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
Learn How To Estimate Lumber Needs

About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Zebrawood lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 10" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

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?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

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)

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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 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

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
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

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 blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

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
5.0
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5 (2)
4 (0)
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Would recommend this product?
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5.0
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5 (2)
4 (0)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
2 Total Reviews
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October 26, 2011
5 out of 5
Picture Frame Stock
Review by  Todd from Coffee Springs, AL USA
Excellent to work with. Heavy stock..nice. Finishes well with an oil based poly. Customers love the end result, albeit a bit pricy. Well worth the cost. They offer 1.5 x 1.5 x 18 in already prepped stock. Would like to see it available ina 2 x 2 x 30 inch stock. Until then...will order the 8/4 stock.
Recommended
May 30, 2011
5 out of 5
Great Wood For Pistol Grips
Review by  CJ Chumbley from Sierra Vista, AZ USA
This wood is great to work with. I've made several pistol grips from it and have had great results. I normally like to start with a couple of applications of clear Danish oil but that isn't a real good idea in this case. I darkens the wood to quickly and takes a lot away from the beautiful contrast of the light wood and dark grain. Just start with thin coats of laquer and while it does still darken a little bit, it is still gorgeous. One other note for finishing: when you finish sand if you sand with the grain only you will end up with the harder grain being slightly raised and still get a great finish. This has worked really well for me on pistol grips and knife handle as it gives a texture to the wood for a more confident gripping surface. Next project: a rifle stock for my wife! I have to earn those extra hours spent in the shop! :-)
Recommended
2 Total Reviews
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