Ebony, Gaboon 3/4" x 3" x 24" Dimensioned Wood
The heartwood of Gaboon ebony (Diospyros spp.) is usually jet black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present. Can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear-out may...
• Jet black
• Finishes to a high luster
• Straight grain
• Very durable
• High density
Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
Thin Stock. The thin stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.
Carving and Turning Blocks. Blocks are sawn to +/- ¼" of size listed.
Plywood. Sizes are nominal. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.
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Our most recently delivery of Gaboon Ebony (Diospyros Spp.) is native to Western Africa and can now be purchased in a variety of sizes with 23 item offerings from Woodcraft, making it much easier to find the right size for any project. The exceptional quality of this batch was worth the wait. The heartwood is usually jet black, with little to no variation of visible grain. Occasionally dark brown streaks may be present. Can be difficult to work with due to its extremely high density. It is dense enough to sink in water and has a dully effect on cutters. It takes a finish well and has a high luster. Ebony is commonly used for ornamental purposes due to its price and available sizes. We have a selection of large sizes. The species has a long history of use, with carvings found dating back to the ancient Egyptians. In the 16th century fine cabinets were made of ebony. Makers of these cabinets in Paris were known as ebenistes, which remains the French term for a cabinetmaker. Ebony is commonly used for small ornamental purposes, such as piano keys, musical instrument parts, pool cues, carvings. Great for knobs, pulls, inlays and accents in cabinetry. Somewhat difficult to machine, but worth the reward and is excellent turning wood.
Plan ahead - way ahead!
The quality of the wood is very good. One piece was already splitting when it arrived. Although it is not mentioned in the product description, this comes covered in wax so it is very wet. Do not plan on using it for anything for 6 to 8 months after you remove the wax coating as it will need to dry first. Shrinkage (about 10% on flat sawn boards) and checking/splitting will cause problems if you don't dry it first. From personal experience with "green" (i.e., wet) ebony, 6 months is pushing it a bit. Because it is so wet, you should also expect to get some checking as it dries. Ebony is very dificult to dry without spliting.
Great Ebony Wood!
I use it to build my guitars