We walked into the store looking for a nice piece of zebrawood to build a coffee table, but none of the pieces of zebrawood stood out. Mainly it was face grain zebrawood and that was not the idea of the table. Only about 5 feet away was a georgous piece of black limba that stood out.
The coffee table originally was planned to have black walnut tapered legs, and we decided to stay with them. In fact we decided to keep everything the same except we would replace the zebrawood with black limba.
The coffee table need to have one drawer that faced the couch, while the legs would have tapers on the the insides of the legs but keep the outside straight. The table top was to be 1.5 inches thick, thicker than that if we could manage it while keeping it flat.
Limba, Black Limba, White Limba, Korina, Afara Scientific Name: Terminalia superba Distribution: Tropical western Africa Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 5-7 ft (1.5-2.2 m)
While the heartwood is a light yellow to gold brown, it contains grey to almost black streaks. When the wood has darker figuring it is known as black limba while the unfigured wood is known as White Limba. The sapwood is like a pale grey to a light tanish brown color. While you will see almost orangish colors occasionally in the wood.
Grain is straight to slightly interlocked, with a uniformly coarse texture.
Rot Resistance: Rated as non-durable, and also susceptible to insect attack.
Workability: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. It glues up very nicely and finishes very well. The grain raises substantially when using water based finish, it is recommended to raise the grain ahead of time.
Black Walnut’s heartwood ranges from light brown to dark brown, it can have some purplish hues to it and figured black walnut is many of peoples favorite figured woods. It is nice to work with although it can be susceptible to tear out on irregular grain areas.
Black Walnut is scientifically named Juglans nigra. The trees grow to 100 – 120 feet with a trunk diameter of 2 to 3 feet. It is rot resistant but it is prone to insect attack. Black Walnut is mainly distributed from Eastern USA. Considered a premium domestic hardwood, it can be costly even though is widely available. It is amongst woodworkers favorite wood to work with.