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.
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
Dries rapidly and well with little checking or distortion and knots split only slightly.
Movement In Service
Sapwood liable to attack by Powder Post Beetles
Heartwood – Durable
Extremely Resistant. Sapwood moderately resistant.
Cross cutting and narrow bandsawing, Wide band sawing, Rip Sawing – satisfactory.
Blunting Effect On Cutters
Slightly interlocked grain affects machining properties.
Satisfactory with care.
A 20 degree angle advisable.
Staining and Polishing
Satisfactory when filled.
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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