Origin - 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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