Bubinga wood is a high quality wood, resistant and very decorative. Comparisons with rosewood are frequent, although it is a little more complex when working with it.

It is native to the African continent, more specifically from countries like Gabon and Cameroon. There are three subspecies. For example, one that originates in the jungles of Gabon is also known as kevazingo. It is one of the most popular and sought after imported wood species.

The price of bubinga wood, due to its stable production, is moderate, although it is not exactly cheap wood. On some occasions, when the draw is striking, the price goes up substantially.

Its scientific name is Guibourtia demeusei J. Léonard.

Features and properties

Color: From light reddish hues in the sapwood to the heartwood, clearly reddish. You can present really interesting drawings.

Fiber: Straight or slightly interlaced.

Grain: Medium to fine.

Density: Approximately 890-920 kg / m³ with 12% humidity.

Toughness (Monnin): 10.2 is a wood cataloged as very hard.

Durability: Good durability against fungi and insects, with the exception of some marine insects.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric shrinkage coefficient of 0.62%. It is a nervous wood.

Mechanical properties:

  • Resistance to static bending 1,560 kg / cm²
  • Modulus of elasticity 171,000 kg / cm²
  • Compressive strength 720 kg / cm²

Impregnation: Impregnable Alburno, heart not so much.

Workability bubinga wood: none

  • Sawing without major problems with hardness derivatives.
  • Slow drying with risk of cracking or cracking.
  • Complex brushing due to the interwoven fiber and the hardness of the wood.
  • Easy bonding, although it can be a problem due to the presence of natural oils.
  • To drill and screw, pre-drilling is required.
  • Smooth finish.
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Uses of Bubinga wood

This species is very versatile and suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments.

  • Manufacture of quality furniture or joinery.
  • Natural wood veneers.
  • Interior and exterior carpentry: doors, windows, floors …
  • Spinning.
  • Kitchen utensils and tool handles.
  • Sculptures