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  • Bubinga?

    Can anybody clue me in on the scrolling properties of bubinga. I found a source online at a pretty decent price but the minimum order is 10 board feet. I hate to order that much without knowing how it scrolls.


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  • #2
    I've used it and like it. It does dull your blades quickly, sands and finishes nicely.


    About Bubinga Lumber (from

    Botanical Name
    Guibourtia Demeusei

    Other Names
    African Rosewood, Essingang, Buvenga

    Mechanical Properties
    Low steam bending characteristics and exudation of gum pockets can be troublesome.

    Working Properties
    Works easily with hand or power tools. Reduced cutting angle recommended for interlocked grain. Moderate to severe blunting of cutters. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Gluing can be difficult due to gum pockets. Stains easily and can be brought to an excellent finish.

    Moderately durable. Susceptible to attack by common furniture beetle. Heartwood is resistent to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.

    Dries easily with little degradation, although it will exude gum. Stable in use.

    Primarily used as a veneer for cabinetwork, furniture, and paneling. Also used for knife handles, and fancy goods.

    Rotary cut veneer is known as "Kevasingo" and has wild, swirling, veined figure.
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    • #3
      I cut 2 pieces of 3/4" bubinga into the shape of Wisconsin and used quite a few precision ground blades before I finished them. I remember it is very hard wood and stunk like someone had peed on the wood. I finished them with Formby's clear tung oil and they looked beautiful. I applied motors, hands and numbers to make clocks. They were about 5" X 8".
      Mick, - Delta P-20

      A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.


      • #4
        I don't have anything worthwhile to add to this but, that never stopped me.

        I just know that guy on DIY channel tends to use a lot of bubinga. But he makes furniture out of it usually. I just like the way it sounds, it makes me laugh.
        "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney


        • #5
          I use it sometimes. I don't find it to have any sort of strange smell. It is hard wood, but not as hard as bloodwood or purpleheart. It has a beautiful color and grain that simulates hair on animals such as a moose very well. It does shape and sand easier than it cuts, and polishes up real nice.
          Jeff Powell


          • #6
            Mike I've only used thin stock 1/4 and 1/8 for some small projects and I love the way it finishes .......makes me look like I know what I'm doing
            DW788 and Hawk 226

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            • #7
              I've used Bubinga in quite a few of my projects, from 1/8 to 3/4. The others are right about it being very hard and dulling blades quickly, but the finish! Such a beautiful wood! Just sand it up to 220 or so and put on some Danish Oil for something that will really get great comments.


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