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Leopardwood

Roupala brasiliense
Also known as |
Brazilian Lacewood
Leopardwood Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Leopardwood is so named for the tightly-grouped flecks which cover its surface. It is almost exclusively quartersawn, which displays its dramatic flecking in leopard-spot-like patterns (thus, the name). It is medium to dark, reddish brown in color. . Prior to being sanded, the flecked portion’s slightly elevated positioning on the wood’s surface gives it a true 3D look. It is fairly difficult to work and it’s uneven texture can cause tearout issues when boards are planed.

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

Why We Love This Wood

Leopardwood is often confused with Lacewood as they have a similar "leopard-like" pattern, but it is considerably heavier and denser.

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    Leopardwood Lumber @ Rare Woods USA
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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupReddish Brown
    Grain Pattern Figured
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.6
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3885
    Janka Hardness - LBF2150
    Janka Hardness - N9560
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    Leopardwood-Select&better-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Select & better
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    20 BF – Leopardwood
    20 BF Leopardwood project packFlecking: More scaly than lace'y (Unfortunately our stock is cut flat rather than QS, so flecking is not as pronounced as on QS stock - picture is indicative of our stock) Lengths: 48"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: 4/4 nominalWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. (image is of S2S boards) You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off. a Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.
    PROJLEOP1001
    48 × 4 × 1 in

    20 BF Leopardwood project pack

    Flecking: More scaly than lace’y (Unfortunately our stock is cut flat rather than QS, so flecking is not as pronounced as on QS stock – picture is indicative of our stock)
    Lengths: 48″-92″ (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total)
    Widths: 4″ and wider
    Thickness: 4/4 nominal

    We S2S by default – surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4″ less than nominal thickness. (image is of S2S boards)
    You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.
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    Lead time is 3 working days.
    Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $320.00

    20 BF – Leopardwood
    20 BF Leopardwood project packFlecking: More scaly than lace'y (Unfortunately our stock is cut flat rather than QS, so flecking is not as pronounced as on QS stock - picture is indicative of our stock) Lengths: 48"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: 4/4 nominalWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. (image is of S2S boards) You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off. a Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.
    PROJLEOP1001
    48 × 4 × 1 in

    $320.00

    20 BF – Leopardwood
    PROJLEOP1001
    48 × 4 × 1 in

    $320.00

    Leopardwood
    Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1108
    34.88 × 7.31 × 1 in

    Worm tracks.

    $31.09

    Leopardwood
    Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1108
    34.88 × 7.31 × 1 in

    $31.09

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1108
    34.88 × 7.31 × 1 in

    $31.09

    Leopardwood
    Bark inclusion.
    LEOPARD1106
    30.44 × 7.63 × 1 in

    Bark inclusion.

    $28.32

    Leopardwood
    Bark inclusion.
    LEOPARD1106
    30.44 × 7.63 × 1 in

    $28.32

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1106
    30.44 × 7.63 × 1 in

    $28.32

    Leopardwood
    Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1105
    34 × 7.5 × 1 in

    Worm tracks.

    $31.10

    Leopardwood
    Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1105
    34 × 7.5 × 1 in

    $31.10

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1105
    34 × 7.5 × 1 in

    $31.10

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Cracked.
    LEOPARD1104
    63 × 6.5 × 1 in

    Skip planed. Cracked.

    $49.94

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Cracked.
    LEOPARD1104
    63 × 6.5 × 1 in

    $49.94

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1104
    63 × 6.5 × 1 in

    $49.94

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Checks. Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1103
    71.38 × 6.38 × 1 in

    Skip planed. Checks. Worm tracks.

    $55.54

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Checks. Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1103
    71.38 × 6.38 × 1 in

    $55.54

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1103
    71.38 × 6.38 × 1 in

    $55.54

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Checks.
    LEOPARD1102
    69.38 × 10.75 × 1 in

    Skip planed. Checks.

    $90.95

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Checks.
    LEOPARD1102
    69.38 × 10.75 × 1 in

    $90.95

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1102
    69.38 × 10.75 × 1 in

    $90.95

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Worm track.
    LEOPARD1101
    64.75 × 11.06 × 1 in

    Skip planed. Worm track.

    $87.33

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Worm track.
    LEOPARD1101
    64.75 × 11.06 × 1 in

    $87.33

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1101
    64.75 × 11.06 × 1 in

    $87.33

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Cracked.
    LEOPARD1100
    60.69 × 5.25 × 1 in

    Skip planed. Cracked.

    $38.86

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Cracked.
    LEOPARD1100
    60.69 × 5.25 × 1 in

    $38.86

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1100
    60.69 × 5.25 × 1 in

    $38.86

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed.
    LEOPARD1099
    73.56 × 5.38 × 1 in

    Skip planed.

    $53.09

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed.
    LEOPARD1099
    73.56 × 5.38 × 1 in

    $53.09

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1099
    73.56 × 5.38 × 1 in

    $53.09

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1098
    65.94 × 7.38 × 1 in

    Skip planed. Worm tracks.

    $59.35

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Worm tracks.
    LEOPARD1098
    65.94 × 7.38 × 1 in

    $59.35

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1098
    65.94 × 7.38 × 1 in

    $59.35

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Worm track.
    LEOPARD1097
    68.38 × 7.38 × 1 in

    Skip planed. Worm track.

    $61.54

    Leopardwood
    Skip planed. Worm track.
    LEOPARD1097
    68.38 × 7.38 × 1 in

    $61.54

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1097
    68.38 × 7.38 × 1 in

    $61.54

    Leopardwood

    Corner defect. Crack.

    LEOPARD1092
    55.25 × 6.38 × 1 in

    Corner defect. Crack.

    $42.99

    Leopardwood

    Corner defect. Crack.

    LEOPARD1092
    55.25 × 6.38 × 1 in

    $42.99

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1092
    55.25 × 6.38 × 1 in

    $42.99

    Leopardwood

    Checks.

    LEOPARD1085
    48.38 × 7.25 × 1 in

    Checks.

    $47.05

    Leopardwood

    Checks.

    LEOPARD1085
    48.38 × 7.25 × 1 in

    $47.05

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1085
    48.38 × 7.25 × 1 in

    $47.05

    Leopardwood
    Wane, Checks, Knot
    LEOPARD1070
    45.06 × 9.25 × 0.88 in

    Wane, Checks, Knot

    $45.75

    Leopardwood
    Wane, Checks, Knot
    LEOPARD1070
    45.06 × 9.25 × 0.88 in

    $45.75

    Leopardwood
    LEOPARD1070
    45.06 × 9.25 × 0.88 in

    $45.75

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    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    longhi
    Birch - Yellow

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    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
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