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African Idigbo

African Idigbo Hardwood Timber

- West Africa

Average Density - 540 kg/m

Uses - Domestic flooring, furniture and high class joinery. Interior and exterior work.

Durability - Heartwood durable in terms of preservative treatments.?Sapwood moderately resistant.

Working Properties - Easy to machine. Generally unsuitable for steam bending. Can be planed, cross cut, sawed and nailed satisfactorily. Good for gluing.

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African Idigbo Colour

African Idigbo is yellowish or light yellowish brown, more rarely light pinkish brown. Sapwood 25-50mm wide, not usually easily distinguishable for the heartwood, but may be somewhat paler in colour.

Idigbo Grain

Fairly straight with local irregularities, sometimes slightly interlocked, producing an irregular stripe figure when quarter sawn. Growth rings unusually distinct and marked by comparatively dense zones which give the flat sawn timber a characteristic appearance suggesting plain oak.



Medium to fairly coarse

Idigbo Weight

Very variable due to prevalence of lightweight brittleheart.

Range 370-740 kg/m3 at 12% moisture content.

African Idigbo Corrosive Properties

Has slightly acidic properties and is liable to stain if in contact with iron or steel under damp conditions. Contains yellow colouring matter which may stain most fabrics in contact with the wood.

Idigbo Strength

About half way between European Beech and Obeche. Material with brittleheart is appreciably weaker and unsuitable where strength is important.

Ease Of Drying African Idigbo

Dries rapidly and well with little checking or distortion and knots split only slightly.

African Idigbo Movement In Service


African Idigbo Natural Durability

Sapwood liable to attack by Powder Post Beetles
Heartwood ? Durable

African Idigbo Preservative Treatment

Extremely Resistant. Sapwood moderately resistant.


Cross cutting and narrow bandsawing, Wide band sawing, Rip Sawing ? satisfactory.

African Idigbo Blunting Effect On Cutters


African Idigbo Moulding Properties

Slightly interlocked grain affects machining properties.

African Idigbo Gluing


Nailing African Idigbo

Satisfactory with care.


A 20 degree angle advisable.

Staining and Polishing

Satisfactory when filled.

Steam Bending

Generally unsuitable.

Uses for African Idigbo

African Idigbo is an attractive wood of medium weight combining ease of working, durability and outstanding stability. Used in furniture and high class joinery for both interior and exterior work. As flooring it has a good appearance and moderate resistance to wear and is suitable for domestic buildings, but is too soft for industrial uses.

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