Ebony (Gaboon Ebony)
OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Ebony, Gaboon Ebony, African Ebony, Nigerian Ebony, Cameroon Ebony
Ebony lends itself to a variety of uses, including piano keys and musical instruments, inlay work, as well as carving and turning applications.
AVG BENDING STRENGTH:
Little to no distinction can be made between the sapwood and heartwood colorations of Ebony lumber, as the wood is generally a uniform jet-black.
See Sapwood above.
Ebony grain is typically straight with occasional interlocking.
Very fine texture with small, fine pores.
Ebony typically exhibits a fine, almost metallic natural luster.
Normally very stable with little to no dimensional movement, though somewhat susceptible to seasonal changes.
Ebony has a strong natural resistance to decay and insect attack.
Typically very dense, Ebony can have a dulling effect on cutting tools.
Ebony lumber is somewhat resistant to cutting due to its extreme density. Requires very sharp machine tools.
Care must be taken to insure sharp cutters, appropriate feed rates and proper angles when planing Ebony lumber.
An excellent hardwood for turning applications. Sharp tools, proper speeds and angles will ensure the best results.
Average to above-average boring properties.
The high natural oil content in Ebony wood products usually results in difficulties gluing.
Holds nails well with proper pre-boring.
Holds screws well; pre-drilling is recommended.
Ebony exhibits excellent polishing characteristics.
Takes finishes well, although clear finishes are recommended to allow the natural jet-black quality of Ebony to shine through.