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Species - Imported
Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish
Color: Heartwood is vivid reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish- or purple- brown or black over time. Sapwood is cream-colored. Very uniform in color.
Grain: Straight to interlocked; coarse texture.
Variations Within Species And Grades: Slight variation in color.
Sawing/Machining: Saws well, but requires a slow feed rate; carbide tooling recommended. Machines easily, with some tearing of the interlocked grain.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: No known problems.
Finishing: Because of the oil in the wood, oil-modified finishes may require long dry times. Waterborne finishes are often recommended. Has a tendency to bleed. Conversion varnishes also have been known to work well.
Comments Dermatological and respiratory allergic potential. Origin: Africa
Hardness/Janka: 1725; (34% harder than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (5.2; 40% more stable than Northern red oak).