Besides learning all about how spiral upcut bits can climb out of
Zebrawood is *expensive*
Zebrawood must be the worst wood in the world to surface -- tearout is
the terrible. The alternating grain makes it impossible to surface with
a planer or hand planes, save maybe for a scraper plane, which I do not
have. I believe the white and brown stripes are alternating sapwood and
heartwood. However it can be surfaced quite easily, relatively
speaking, using a hand scraper, with which I now have much experience.
Cutting cross grain on the table saw also leads to unacceptable tearout
unless you provide sacrificial backing boards on the bottom and back,
at least in my experience.
It glues up with no problems using TB3. I worried about how well it
would take screws, but when I predrilled carefully I had no problems.
After finishing with five coats of Minwax Wipe-on Poly it looks
fantastic, giving the appearance of sedimentary rock such as sandstone.
Here are some shots of the tabletop alone, and attached to a small
table with tapered black walnut legs and curly maple aprons.
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