Mukali or anigre wood is used mainly to obtain veneers and is very appreciated for the ease of receiving finishes.
It is native to tropical areas of the African continent.
Its scientific name is Pouteria (previously Genus Aningeria)
Features of Mukali Wood
Color: The heartwood has a light yellowish brown color that darkens with exposure to the sun. The sapwood is a little lighter and cannot always be easily differentiated.
Fiber: Straight to interlaced.
Density: It has an approximate density of 550-580 kg / m3
Toughness: It is classified as soft (Chaláis-Meudon 2.4).
Durability: It is classified as not durable or resistant to attack by insects. It is common for the sapwood to be attacked by the blue spot fungus during initial drying.
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.41. Medium edgy wood.
- Compressive strength: 490 kg / cm2
- Static flexural strength: 855 kg / cm2
- Modulus of elasticity: 140,000 kg / cm2
Workability: It is usually easy to work. Although they can sometimes contain silica deposits that accelerate the deterioration of the tool. It is noteworthy that it has a smell similar to that of cedar when worked.
- Sawn. Some difficulties stemmed from repelling.
- Glued. Easy.
- Nailed and screwed. Easy.
- Finish. Easy.
Price: Moderate for imported wood.
Uses of Anigre
Its main use is to obtain veneers for the manufacture of plywood. The tree grows a lot without generating branches, which makes it easier to obtain veneers.
On some occasions, it is also used to make slatted boards.
It is also used for interior carpentry (doors, moldings, frames …) and light construction.
It is also used in some areas for the manufacture of light boats.