OTHER COMMON NAMES:
African Zebrawood, Allen Ele, Zebrano, Zingana
Zebrawood’s striking appearance lends itself to a number of decorative uses and applications, including veneers, inlays, marquetry, furniture accents, carving and turnery.
AVG BENDING STRENGTH:
Zebrawood sapwood is typically a pale cream color.
The heartwood of most Zebrawood lumber is light brown with dark streaks that resemble the stripes on a zebra, thus the wood’s name.
The grain is typically interlocked or wavy, producing a ribbon pattern.
Medium to coarse texture with open pores.
Zebrawood generally exhibits a very high luster.
With proper seasoning, this wood variety is usually above average in regards to dimensional stability.
Zebrawood is considered to be very durable with a high resistance to both decay and insects.
This timber exhibits an average blunting effect.
Zebrawood is typically easy to saw with some rough edges noticed in cross-cutting operations.
Zebrawood is not the most forgiving lumber in machining operations. Interlocked grain patterns may result is tearing.
Turns well on the lathe to a nice smooth finish in most instances.
No reported issues.
May require some filling, but otherwise possesses good gluing properties.
Polishes to a nice, pleasing finish.
Aside from the need to fill its rather large pores, Zebrawood responds quite well to most staining and varnishing applications.