Framire Wood, whose scientific name is Terminalia ivorensis, It is native to the west and center of the African continent. It occupies a geographical area similar to koto wood.

The tree can be found in the vicinity of humid and tropical forests. It can reach up to 25 meters, although with 12 they are already commercially suitable.

Depending on the country of origin, different names can be assigned: bajii in Sierra Leone and Liberia, emeri in Ghana, idigbo in Nigeria or lidia in Cameroon.

It is basically a light wood, with a pleasant appearance and a light, stable and relatively durable color. Ideal for interior work.

Features of Framiré Wood

Color: It has a light yellow color (straw), pulling the brown. Heartwood and sapwood are not always easy to distinguish, as the color is very similar. After sawing the wood can acquire a pinkish hue. It should also be noted that in contact with water or other liquids, objects that come in contact can become stained.

Fiber: Straight, sometimes slightly crossed.

Grain: Medium.

Density: It is a light wood with a density of approximately 500-525 kg / m3 at 12% humidity.

Toughness: This is a soft wood with 1.9 in the Monnin test.

Durability: Average durability. The use of treatments is recommended.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.37% slightly edgy wood.

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: 450 kg / cmtwo
  • Static flexural strength: 870 kg / cmtwo
  • Modulus of elasticity: 94,000 kg / cmtwo

Impregnation: Heartwood not impregnable, sapwood moderately impregnable.

Workability: It is easy to work thanks to its lightness. Produces minimal wear on machines.

  • Sawn. Smoothly.
  • Drying. From fast to medium, with reduced risk of cracks and deformations.
  • Brushed. No problem, except in cases of interlaced fiber.
  • Glued. The use of acid glues can be problematic.
  • Nailed and screwed. Smoothly.
  • Finish. Smoothly.

Use of framiré

  • Manufacture of veneers and plywood boards. The drying of the leaves is similar to that performed with the okume wood.
  • Interior carpentry.
  • Exterior carpentry: doors, windows …
  • Interior doors and platforms.
  • Moldings and friezes.
  • Plywood panels.
  • It is also used occasionally as a substitute for Oak.