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Zebrawood

Microberlinia brazzavillensis
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Zebrano
Zebrano Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Zebrawood is a tough, durable, visually striking West African wood whose heartwood base color — which can range from tan to a dull pale yellow, to a muted off-white / almost gray hue, depending on specific region and conditions of growth — is decorated by dark brown striping of varying degrees (ranging to almost black), hence its name. The striping is typically long and fairly uniform when the wood is quartersawn, but wavy and erratic when flatsawn.¬† Sapwood is easily distinguishable (by its lack of striping, naturally) and is usually a light, pale white color.

Its coarse, open-poured texture combined with its wavy and/or interlocked grain patterns can make planing a challenge. (as well as finishing, if filling all surface pores is requisite.) For any sort of resawing or surfacing, blades and cutting tools should be at their sharpest to minimize tear-out.  The wood glues well and usually possesses a pleasant, moderate to high luster, which can make for impressive finishing.

While flatsawn lumber can yield some quite dramatic aesthetic results, quartersawn lumber provides maximum (and sometimes much needed) stability. The species is known to be difficult to dry, with pieces sometimes warping during the kiln drying process. Tiny pockets of small void areas, also, are not uncommon along the darker striped areas — especially among flatsawn boards.

Zebrawood’s trademark aesthetics have made it very popular with veneer mills around the world. However, great care is required when handling, to avoid it cracking.¬† The wood’s popularity keeps it in steady demand, which makes it moderately expensive in spite of a generally steady supply in the US.¬† While its demand is based almost exclusively on its aesthetic appeal, Zebrawood is a strong, stiff lumber, once dry.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is classified as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

With our African roots, we just can't get enough of the gorgeous patterns found in Zebrano. We can't decide whether we prefer the consistent, stripy quartersawn pattern or the wild, wavy flatsawn pattern.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupVariegated
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.2
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3805
    Janka Hardness - LBF1830
    Janka Hardness - N8160
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    Zebrawood-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Standard
    bf
    20
    bf
    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    20.5
    bf
    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    21
    bf
    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-12/4Lumber

    12/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    28
    bf
    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-16/4Lumber

    16/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    28
    bf
    no

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    ZEB1299_1
    ZEB1299
    1"
    x 5.25" x
    41.13"
    Cracks. Tearout. Pitch pockets. Worm tracks.

    $37.62

    ZEB1297_1
    ZEB1297
    1"
    x 6" x
    40.81"
    Cracks.

    $40.32

    ZEB1295_1
    ZEB1295
    1"
    x 5.25" x
    40.88"
    Cracks.

    $41.00

    ZEB1292_1
    ZEB1292
    1"
    x 5.06" x
    37.94"
    Nice board.

    $40.26

    ZEB1291_1
    ZEB1291
    1"
    x 5.25" x
    41.63"
    Skip planed. Tearout. Twisted.

    $41.00

    ZEB1290_1
    ZEB1290
    1"
    x 5.25" x
    42.75"
    Defect on edge. Planer dig. Nice figure and color.

    $44.40

    ZEB1289_1
    ZEB1289
    1"
    x 5.25" x
    43.25"
    Pitch pockets. Checks. Nice figure.

    $45.00

    ZEB1288_1
    ZEB1288
    1"
    x 6.13" x
    42.75"
    Cracks. Surface defects.

    $43.92

    ZEB1287_1
    ZEB1287
    0.88"
    x 7.81" x
    50.31"
    Surface defect

    $87.50

    ZEB1285_1
    ZEB1285
    0.81"
    x 6.5" x
    30.06"
    Surface defect, Edge defect

    $35.80

    ZEB1284_1
    ZEB1284
    0.81"
    x 6.19" x
    29.94"
    Surface defect

    $37.62

    ZEB1283_1
    ZEB1283
    0.88"
    x 5.31" x
    44.31"
    Surface defect, Skip planed

    $44.00

    ZEB1281_1
    ZEB1281
    0.94"
    x 6.06" x
    44.06"
    Surface defect

    $55.22

    ZEB1280_1
    ZEB1280
    1"
    x 6.25" x
    44.44"
    Edge defect, wormhole

    $51.60

    ZEB1279_1
    ZEB1279
    0.94"
    x 6.31" x
    44.13"
    Clean

    $57.64

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