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S4S Katalox Lumber

Katalox wood is often called Mexican Royal Ebony!

These are beautiful and unique pieces! The heartwood starts off a brownish purple but oxidizes to an almost black. This is contrasted nicely with creamy white sapwood. Often used as substitute for Ebony on account of just how dark the wood is - but it is not a real ebony!

It is very dense and heavy - but that means it finishes well and can be nicely polished! Expect it to be a bit hard on your bits and tools but it is worth the trouble. Most often used in furniture, guitars and other instruments, inlays, handles, and turnings.

Although these boards have been skipped dress to show colour and grain, they will still require some TLC and additional milling. If you would prefer to have the milling done for you - check out our 4/4 Rough Cut Katalox Lumber.

What can you expect?

We will carefully handpick a high quality board for you. We pay close attention to the wood species characteristics so we can send you a board that well represents each wood type. 

  • 1/2", 5/8" or 3/4" thick
  • 3-3/4" or 5-3/4" wide
  • 24" or 36" long

In order to offer more protective packing for shipping - our lengths are often 1/4" less than sizes listed. Need a longer length? Please email us for a quote.

S4S Lumber

Who are they for? These are ideal for those who aren’t equipped with the necessary tools to flatten and straighten boards.

The term "surfaced" or "dressed" refers to a piece of wood that has been milled. To achieve the necessary dimensions, we select a larger board to work from. Both faces and edges are then surfaced so you can be assured that the board is flat and straight. These boards are available in specific sizes.

For example: 3/4” x 5-1/4” x 24”

Rough Cut Lumber

Who are they for? These are ideal for those who enjoy working with machinery or hand tools to mill their own boards.

We use this term to describe boards that require additional milling. Rough cut lumber have been run through the planer to show the grain however they have not been dressed. You will need to mill both faces and edges. Rough cut lumber are available in specific lengths with varying widths.

For example: 4/4 x (5-6”) x 24”

You will receive a board that is just shy of an inch thick, with a width in the range of 5-6”, and is 24” long.

Rough Cut Lumber vs S4S Lumber

Thickness: 1/2"
Width: 3-3/4"
Length: 24"
Original price $34.95 - Original price $62.50
Original price
$34.95 - $62.50
Current price $34.95
Ordering Information

In-Store Pickup: Most orders are completed within 2 business days. We will contact you via email when your order is ready for pickup.

Shipping: Most orders are packaged and ready for shipping within 2 to 3 business days of ordering.

For more information on Shipping & Returns click here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Brent Carscadden (Greater Sudbury, CA)

S4S Katalox Lumber


Beautiful wood! Straight and flat!