Maybe so. Zebrawood is harder than oak, but a slurry of whatever finish is
chosen, thinned a lot, and sanding dust (wear a mask! This stuff is nasty), is
probably the simplest to do. Wipe with and cross grain and then wipe off
"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
According the Hardwood Association handbook on hardwoods ($10, very well
spent), virtually all the properties of zebrawood are nearly identical to
white oak. However, the coloring isn't a easy to deal with...I'd bite the
bullet and build up the finish with many coats and much rubbing out between
I am responding very late to this message, but I thought that my answer
could be useful to some, so here goes. I built a zebrawood bar for a client
who was raised in South Africa and who had his heart set on it. I was
ignorant of some of zebrawood's difficulties at the time I started, which
was probably a good thing. I did learn that zebrawood's reputation is
somewhat worse than its actual working qualities. However, don't try to
shape with either a router table or a shaper. It has an interlocking grain
that literally explodes when a cutter gets into it. I ended up simply
dimensioning on the jointer and planer, taking very shallow cuts, and then
sufacing at the drum sander. This wood behaves very well in a drum sander. I
surfaced by working up through 220 grit and then using the random orbit
sander on corners and edges.
A side note: I was also able to turn it quite succesfully, although it did
burn some of my tools a bit. You can see the turnings in bar rails and in
the wine bottle opener handle at the link below.
For finishing, we just applied 4 or 5 coats of waterlox, with only minimal
rubbing between coats. The resulting finish turned out to be a beautiful
satin, and we did not see any need for filling of grain. The results, which
can be seen at http://www.stonetenon.com/stonetenon/ZebraWood.htm , speak
for themselves. By the way, the bar is trimmed in black walnut, which is
also used in the main parts of the rails.
I hope this is useful to someone, if not the original poster.
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