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Zebrawood?

What are the cons if there are any with working with it?

I'm going with this for my speaker stand material depending on what my local lumber yard charges because I checked it out at woodsmith store in my area and it goes for $20 a BF and I need about 8bf.

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At that cost it would be worth sheathing the stand in 1/8" veneer or thinner. You want pretty, but don't need it to go all the way through.
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At that cost it would be worth sheathing the stand in 1/8" veneer or thinner. You want pretty, but don't need it to go all the way through.
Something like this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zebrawood-Wo...-/391386038302
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For a frame of reference, Zebrawood is $19/bf ft at my lumberyard and that's rough. It has a funny smell when you machine it, but if you want the black/white contrast, there's no much like it. As others suggested, veneer might be the way to go.
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For a frame of reference, Zebrawood is $19/bf ft at my lumberyard and that's rough. It has a funny smell when you machine it, but if you want the black/white contrast, there's no much like it. As others suggested, veneer might be the way to go.

My local lumber yard is $13/bf but they don't let you pick the stock out because they dont let people go in the back of warehouse so I'm not going with it because I want to pick out the grain.

I'm going to go with quarter sawn white oak instead.
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If you are planing it just watch you are not going againdt the grain, it can be quite unfriendly if you do this and will tear out quite easily otherwise it's great.
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My local lumber yard is $13/bf but they don't let you pick the stock out because they dont let people go in the back of warehouse so I'm not going with it because I want to pick out the grain.

I'm going to go with quarter sawn white oak instead.
I have never heard of a lumber yard like that. Use caution if going there.
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Another option if you want "impact" grain is using a curly maple and dying it to bring out the curl.

Much cheaper than zebra wood. Likely similar to qs oak.
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I have never heard of a lumber yard like that. Use caution if going there.
They are legit, just the only down part is picking out your own lumber. They have a warehouse with forklift drivers all around it and I think they are more about selling large quantities for those businesses that deal in larger builds than someone like me.
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Another option if you want "impact" grain is using a curly maple and dying it to bring out the curl.

Much cheaper than zebra wood. Likely similar to qs oak.
That is cool, but I already picked up qt sawn oak today.

Is the oak good for dying it to produce something like that to?
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No, the different density in the curls of the curly maple create that effect. The oak will come out a more uniform colour.
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No, the different density in the curls of the curly maple create that effect. The oak will come out a more uniform colour.
I understand the grain types are different, I meant dying oak to bring out the grain to give it an "impact" look to it.
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Another option if you want "impact" grain is using a curly maple and dying it to bring out the curl.
So doing some research I think I will go with fuming method with the white oak as apposed to dying or staining it and put a top coat on it.

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Not sure what that is but looking forward to learning something new from your build
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Not sure what that is but looking forward to learning something new from your build
I just learned about it yesterday.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia_fuming
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Tearout is an issue with Zebrawood. The grain can be a little wild, so planing it either direction can show some tearout. For something like speakers, you should consider veneer.

I did a veneer dashboard recently, and am working on a solid zebrawood steering wheel.

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I have noticed in the twice ive actually worked with zebrawood it can be a little splintery. Nothing too horrible, but enough to be annoying. I do agree with the several suggestions to go with a veneer instead, it would be much more cost-effective

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Tearout is an issue with Zebrawood. The grain can be a little wild, so planing it either direction can show some tearout. For something like speakers, you should consider veneer.

I did a veneer dashboard recently, and am working on a solid zebrawood steering wheel.

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I have noticed in the twice ive actually worked with zebrawood it can be a little splintery. Nothing too horrible, but enough to be annoying. I do agree with the several suggestions to go with a veneer instead, it would be much more cost-effective
I'm not going with zebra and decided on quarter sawn white oak that I will fume and I am making speaker stands not speaker boxes, but thanks for chiming in with your advice.
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