Working with Zebrawood
From contributor T:
We've cut some zebra wood, using CNC with .250 e.m. the feedrate 225 ipm at 13000 rpm with .500 step down. The finishing was done elsewhere. I would say zebra wood has a strange smell. I assume when sealed, this will go away. But that is what stands out most. Time to experiment.
From contributor B:
Zebrawood looks amazing if you do a good prep job before finishing, but as a warning, the smell of it when you are cutting/sawing/sanding isn't pleasant by any means. It cuts well, but it is on the harder side. I've never worked with zebrawood veneer, only solids.
From contributor G:
I did a library a while back using zebrawood veneer over particleboard. I had the panels laid up by another shop and applied 1/4" solid zebrawood to the edges. I believe they used plastic resin glue. I also edged the boxes with zebrawood. The job was finished with oil. I have also built guitars using solid zebrawood - and yes, it does stink! One of my suppliers just got in some curly zebrawood - really cool stuff - $25 per B.F.
From contributor A:
I've used zebra wood in many projects.
- saws very well
- planes very poorly due to interlocking grain. I joint one face and accept some tear out. Then go immediately to the widebelt for the rest of the thicknessing.
- sands fine without much clogging
- finishes nicely. I've used both Waterlox and Fuhr waterbased over a shellac sealer.
- definitely not a candidate for steam bending
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