Afrormosia wood is a high quality African wood. It is often compared to teak wood; in fact, it is known in many places as African teak. This creates a lot of confusion, since Iroko is also called that.
It is a species listed in the catalog of endangered species, as in the last 3 generations its population has decreased by more than 50%. Therefore, its export and commercialization are controlled. The corresponding certificates must be requested when purchasing Afrormosia wood.
Its scientific name is Pericopsis elata.
Features of Wood Afrormosia
Color: Heartwood is yellowish brown, the sapwood is lighter yellow. Over time, it gets dark.
Fiber: Straight or interlaced.
Grain: Between fine and medium.
Durability: it is very resistant to putrefaction and also to attack by insects.
Density: Approximately 690-700 kg / m3 at 12% humidity.
Toughness: Semi-hard wood. 5.9 according to the Chaláis-Meudon test.
- Volumetric contraction coefficient: 7.8%. Edgy wood.
- Resistance to static bending: 1,190 kg / cm2.
- Modulus of elasticity: 129,000 kg / cm2.
- Compressive strength: 650 Kg / cm2.
Workability: In general terms it is an easy to work wood.
- Easy sawing.
- Slow drying, although without problems.
- Gluing and finishing without problems.
- It may require knockouts.
- Stains with iron oxide.
- It can cause allergic reactions, so it is recommended to work with a good aspiration.
The price of afrormosia wood, given its scarcity, is high.
Uses and applications
- Decorative wood veneers. The flat cutting technique should be used, as unwinding can present problems.
- Construction of ships and maritime infrastructure such as bridges or walkways.
- Interior and mainly exterior carpentry. Doors, windows, floors …