Description: Heartwood yellow brown turning to a dark brown on exposure; sapwood narrow; lighter in color and clearly demarcated.
Sizes available: 4/4, 6/4, 8/4
Mechanical Properties: Janka side hardness about 1,560 lb. for dry material. Shrinkage green to ovendry: radial 3.0%, tangential 6.4%; volumetric 10.7%
Working Properties: Works well with hand and machine tools, finishes cleanly, turns satisfactorily, good gluing, moderate steam bending properties. Sawdust reported to be an eye irritant, good ventilation needed.
Durability: Heartwood is rated as very durable and highly resistant to termite attack. Dark stains liable to appear if in contact with iron under damp conditions.
Uses: Boat building, joinery, hardwood flooring, decorative veneers, considered an excellent teak substitute.
The preceding information comes from "Tropical Timbers of the World", United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Agriculture Handbook Number 607, September 1984. Martin Chudnoff, Forest Products Technologist (retired), Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis.