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Exotic Lumber

Wood is what we're all about here at Barn Door Lumber! We stock over forty different species of domestic and imported lumber.

Our lumber is stored kiln dried rough, in a wide variety of dimensions.

  • Quartersawn and rift-sawn is available from stock, in red oak, white oak, and other species by request.
  • At your request, we can mill your lumber selection to S4S.

(NOTE: The samples shown below may vary in color from the real wood samples due to different monitor designs. Please contact Barn Door Lumber Company for samples)

Some species are subject to availability and quantities ordered, please call us to verify stock.

Anegre (Aningeria spp.)

anegreAnigre ranges in tone from cream and yellowish-white to tan with a pinkish tinge, and generally presents an even color. Anigre is about the same weight as African Mahogany with a medium to coarse texture. The texture is fine in higher wood grades. The wood is lustrous, yet siliceous, and usually has a straight grain, although wavy or mottle figure is sometimes present. Anigre has a faint cedar-like odor. Anigre machines very well, however, the siliceous nature of the wood causes extensive blunting of tools. It slices well, and, due to its fine, even texture, can be sliced extremely thin. This has made it a very popular wood for veneers. Anigre has good nailing, screwing and gluing properties. Its straight grain and even texture make it a very good species for finishing. It take polish and a wide range of stains, light and dark, very well.

Best Uses

  • Furniture
  • Decorative Furniture Veneers
  • Cabinetry
  • High End Millwork

Available in 4/4

Blackheart (Zollernia Paraense)

blackheartColor can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with darker black streaks. Blackheart is considered overall to be of fair workability, as it can blunt the cutting edges of tools, and any irregular grain has a tendency to tearout during machining operations. Also, many of the same challenges in gluing rosewoods are common to Blackheart as well but it does turn and finish well.

Best Uses:

  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Turnings

Available in 4/4

Bloodwood (Brosimum Paraense)

bloodwood Bloodwood varies from gray-red to a deep rich red. Grain varies from straight to variable. Works easily with hand & power tools. May need pre-drilling for nailing. Holds screws well; glues, stains & polishes to a very good finish. TIP: Use Gorilla glue or epoxy for best results

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Decorative inlay

Available in 4/4

Bocote (Cordia Elagunoides)

bocoteThe heartwood is dull golden brown in color with variegated irregular markings & an attractive ray flecked figure on quarter sawn surfaces. It is straight grained, with a medium course texture. Works easily with both hand & power tools. Can be finished smoothly & cleanly in most machining operations. Takes nails & screws well; glues, stains & polishes to a good finish.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Boat decking

Available in 4/4

Brazilian Cherry (Hymanea Courbaril)

brazilian cherry Heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown marked with dark brown streaks. It has a golden luster. Grain is usually interlocked with a medium to coarse texture. Moderately difficult to work due to its high density. Nails poorly, but holds screws well. Glues & stains well, but does not take a high polish.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Sporting goods

Available in 4/4, 5/4, 8/4

Brazilian Satinwood (Euxylophora Paraensis)

brazilian satinwoodHeartwood color ranges from pale to golden yellow, darkening slightly with age. Sapwood is a pale yellow/white. Yellowheart has a fine texture and a naturally high luster. Its pores are very small: usually no grain filler is necessary to achieve a smooth and flat finish. The grain is usually straight, though some figured pieces may have wavy or interlocked grain. Brazilian Satinwood is normally easy to work with hand or machine tools, though it can be more difficult if interlocked or figured grain is present. It also has a moderate blunting effect on cutters. Glues and finishes well.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Turned objects

Available in 4/4

Bubinga (Guibourtia Demeusei)

bubinga Medium red-brown with lighter red to purple veining. Grain is straight to interlocked. Its texture moderately coarse but even. Works easily with hand or power tools. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Gluing can be difficult due to gum pockets. Stains easily & can be brought to an excellent finish. The stock is moderately hard & heavy it saws without difficulty & finishes well.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Paneling

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Cocobolo (Dalbergia Retusa)

cocoboloVariegated tones of red, yellow, orange & purple with darker to black contrasting grain lines. Grain pattern often swirly & or burl like. Be sure to use a dusk mask when machining this species & good dust collection system. Machines well with sharp hand & power tools. Takes stain & can be brought to an excellent finish.

Best Uses:

  • Cutlery handles
  • Turnings
  • Game calls
  • Bowls

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Goncalo Alves (Astronium Graveolens)

goncalo-alves1 The wood is a reddish brown in color with dark brown streaks. Texture is medium, heavy & finishes with a high natural polish; similar to Rosewood. Grain is irregular & interlocked with alternating layers of hard & soft wood. Difficult to work. Pre-drilling is required for nailing, but holds screws well. Glues easily & finishes with a high natural polish.

Best Uses:

  • High-class furniture
  • High-class cabinets
  • Decorative work

Available in 4/4

Imbuia (Phoebe Porosa)

imbuyaColor ranges from a yellowish tone or olive all the way to chocolate brown. Sapwood is in contrast to the heartwood because it tends be be grayish in color. This is a lustrous wood that features a fine texture. The grain ranges between straight & curly or wavy. Saws & machines satisfactorily. It also takes stains & finishes quite well. This lumber is quite hard & dense.

Best Uses:

  • Outdoor decking
  • Tool handles
  • Flooring

Available in 4/4

Ipe (Tabebuia Serratifolia)

ipe Heartwood is olive-brown with lighter or darker streaks. Grain is straight to irregular with a low to medium luster. Very high strength in all categories. Resistant to bending. A very strong, tough, resilient wood. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Holds screws. stains & polishes well. Texture is fine & appears oily.

Best Uses:

  • Turnings
  • Tool handles
  • Archery bows and fishing rods

Available in 4/4

Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata)

jarrah-sColor ranges to a light red or brown to a darker brick red. Color tends to darken with exposure to light. Jarrah has a medium to coarse texture with open pores. Grain tends to be interlocked or wavy. Some boards can contain gum pockets or streaks as a naturally-occurring defect. Jarrah can also exhibit a curly figure. Jarrah tends to be difficult to machine on account of its high density and interlocked grain. Jarrah also has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. Jarrah turns, glues, and finishes well.

Best Uses:

  • Flooring
  • Heavy Construction
  • Outdoor furniture

Available in 4/4, 6/4

Koto (Pterygota bequaertii)

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  • Works fairly easily with hand or machine tools. Experts recommend a cutting angle of 20 degrees when planing to avoid tearouts with interlocked grain. Wood glues and nails satisfactorily. Both species have medium bending and crushing strengths and low stiffness. Woods have low-to-medium resistance to shock loads. Wood finishes well, but a filler is generally needed for best results.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Moldings

Available in 4/4

Lacewood (Grevillea robusta)

brazilian-lacewoodColor is pink to reddish brown & is highly figured with a distinct small lacelike pattern. Grain is straight with a fine to medium texture. Works well with hand & machine tools. Glues well, stains & polishes, with care, to an excellent finish.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Ornamental inlay & decorative uses

Available in 8/4

Purpleheart (Pltogyne densiflora)

purpleheartHeartwood is a deep purple-violet when freshly cut, maturing to a dark brown. The original color is restored when re-cut. Grain is straight, but often irregular, wavy & sometimes interlocked. Texture is moderate to fine. Difficult to work. Recommend running material slowly through machines. Pre-drilling needed for nailing. Takes glue well; stains & wax polishes easily.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Tool handles
  • Ornamental inlay & decorative uses

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)

paduak Heartwood is vivid blood red/orange, toning down to a dark purple-brown with red streaks upon exposure. Grain is straight to interlocked. Texture is similar to African mahogany, being slightly open grained. Machines very easily. Nails, screws & glues very well; polishes easily to an excellent finish.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Fancy turnings

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Shedua (Guibourtia)

shedua wood Heartwood has a wide range of colors from yellow-brown to dark brown or may be greenish brown / greenish gray & often has stripes of a contrasting darker color, usually dark gray, near-black. Sometimes has an orange cast. Sapwood is yellow white. Very attractive grain/interlocked grain. Texture is fine to medium. Paints, varnishes, stains & finishes very well. Polishes very well & can be brought to a medium to high luster.

Best Uses:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Decorative applications

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Spanish Cedar (Cedrela spp.)

spanish-cedarHeartwood is pale pinkish-brown when freshly cut, becoming red or dark reddish-brown. Sapwood pale pinkish-beige. Grain is straight, sometimes shallowly interlocked with a moderately coarse texture. Easy to work with hand & power tools. Staining & polishing can be difficult due to presence of gum, but good finish is obtainable with suitable filling. Holds nails & screws well & glues satisfactorily.

Best Uses:

  • Interiors of cigar humidors
  • Cabinets
  • Furniture

Available in 4/4, 16/4

Sycamore Quarter Sawn (Platanus occidentalis)

sycamoreSimilar to maple, the wood of Sycamore trees is predominantly comprised of the sapwood, with some darker heartwood streaks also found in most boards. (Though it is not uncommon to also see entire boards of heartwood too.) The sapwood is white to light tan, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Overall, Sycamore works easily with both hand and machine tools, though the interlocked grain can be troublesome in surfacing and machining operations at times. Sycamore turns, glues, and finishes well. Responds poorly to steam bending.

Best Uses:

  • Veneer
  • Plywood
  • Interior Trim

Available in 4/4

Teak (Tectona grandis)

teak1Heartwood tends to be a golden or medium brown, with color darkening with age. Teak has a coarse texture with medium-sized open pores. The grain tends to be straight, though it can occasionally be wavy or interlocked. Teak also has a slightly oily or greasy feel due to its natural oils. Easy to work in nearly all regards, with the only caveat being that Teak contains a high level of silica (up to 1.4%) which has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges. Despite its natural oils, Teak usually glues and finishes well, though in some instances it may be necessary to wipe the surface of the wood with a solvent prior to gluing/finishing to reduce the natural oils on the surface of the wood.

Best Uses:

  • Ship and boat-building
  • Exterior construction
  • Furniture

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Tulipwood (Dalbergia veriabilis)

tulipwood Heartwood is a beautiful pink-yellow with a pronounced striped figure in varying shades of salmon pink & rose-red to violet. It has a fragrant scent. The grain is straight but more often irregular; the texture is moderately fine. Extremely hard to work. The timber is capable of a very high natural finish & can be planed & sanded smoothly. Pre-boring for nailing is necessary; it glues well & takes an excellent polish.

Best Uses:

  • Caskets
  • Cabinets
  • Jewelry boxes

Available in 4/4

Wenge (Millettia laurentii)

wengeThe clearly defined heartwood is dark brown, with very close, fine, almost black veins. The closely spaced whitish bands of parenchyma give Wenge wood a very attractive appearance. It is fairly straight grained with a coarse texture. The material works fairly well with machine tools. The presence of resin cells in the wood sometimes interferes with gluing & polishing. Nailing is difficult & requires pre-boring. When filled, it can be brought to a satisfactory finish.

Best Uses:

  • Flooring
  • Turnings
  • Veneers

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis)

zebrawoodHeartwood is a golden-yellow with narrow veining or streaks of dark brown to black which gives quartered surfaces a zebra-stripe appearance. Grain is interlocked or wavy & produces alternating hard & soft grained material. Texture is coarse with a lustrous surface. Works easily with hand & power tools, although its alternating grain structure makes it difficult to achieve a good machine finish. Gluing is satisfactory with care. Finishes well when filled.

Best Uses:

  • Veneer
  • Cross bandings
  • Inlays

Available in 4/4, 8/4

Note: We can special order any species not listed here.

 

Plywood

Are you looking for cabinet grade plywood? We have it!
We stock:

  • Birch
  • Cherry
  • Lauan
  • Maple
  • Red Oak

 

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