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Botanical Name

Zygia racemosa

Other Names

Brazilian Teak

Main Color Group

Medium Brown

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

63

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

1005

Janka Hardness - LBF

2530

Janka Hardness - Newtons

11250

Marblewood tree is known for the highly distinctive stripes, ranging in color from dark brown, to even purple or black. While the sapwood is usually bears the same distinctively pale yellow color as the heartwood, only the heartwood features the trademark striping, which makes the wood so appealing to turners. The striping is random and irregular; no two patterns are ever alike. The wood is heavy and dense, making it well suited for applications where strength and durability are key — such as flooring and furniture.

The wood can prove difficult to work, on account of its density and sometimes interlocked graining. Marblewood is also known for its high natural resin content; proper, complete kiln drying is essential for applications which involve finishing.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Flooring, veneer, cabinetry, furniture, turned objects, carvings and utility applications.

Comments: Marblewood derives its name from the contrasting dark streaks and light color, giving an appearance similar to that of marble. The wood can have a similar appearance to that of Zebrawood, although Marblewood is a more coarse wood and the two species are unrelated.

Although working it requires sharp blades and a bit of patience, the wood can deliver some rather stunning results when finished. It is a very stable wood. While it is hard on tools, it can be sliced thin and hold its shape.

Small surface checks — pesky lines which refuse to sand out — are common. Premium-grade examples will have no such surface checks, and will have a glass-like natural luster after being finish sanded.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Marblewood
$58.3755 x 5.875 x 0.93 inMARBLE1012

Skip planed Open defects Worm holecEnd Check

58.37
Marblewood
$45.5242 x 6 x 0.93 inMARBLE1011
Out of stock

Skip Planed Crack 1 end Worm hole Surface check

45.52
Marblewood
$64.4959.5 x 6 x 0.875 inMARBLE1010

Skip Planed Crack End Checks Open knot 1 side

64.49
Marblewood
$39.0236 x 6 x 0.875 inMARBLE1009

Skip planed checks 2 sides End checks 1 end

39.02
Marblewood
$49.3242 x 6.5 x 0.875 inMARBLE1008

Skip planed Crack 1 end End Checks Surface Checks saw mark

49.32
Marblewood
$62.1055 x 6.25 x 0.875 inMARBLE1007

Skip planed End Cracks 1 End Open Knots Worm Holes

62.1
Marblewood
$66.8437 x 10 x 0.875 inMARBLE1006
Out of stock

Skip planed End Checks Surface Crack 2 sides Open Knots 1 side Worm holes

66.84
Marblewood
$86.7148 x 10 x 0.82 inMARBLE1005

Skip planed Worm holes Surface checks End Checks Worm holes

86.71
Marblewood
$108.6659.75 x 8.25 x 0.85 inMARBLE1004
Out of stock

Worm holes, face checks, spectacular figure

108.66
Marblewood
$109.1260 x 8.25 x 0.85 inMARBLE1003
Out of stock

Worm holes, face checks, spectacular figure

109.12
Marblewood
$55.3665 x 4.25 x 0.87 inMARBLE1002
Out of stock

Partially surfaced

55.36
Marblewood
$46.9255.75 x 4.2 x 0.87 inMARBLE1001

Worm tracks, small face checks

46.92

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