Tatajuba wood is an exotic wood with elegant light and yellow tones. It is a very versatile wood, suitable for both exquisite work and for demanding uses.

It is native to the northeast of South America, from countries like Venezuela or Brazil. For its characteristics and properties it is known in some areas as “Iroko de Brasil”. It is not a particularly known and requested wood, so there is no overexploitation.

Its scientific name is Bagassa guianensis.

Characteristics of Tatajuba Wood

Color: The heartwood has a characteristic yellow color that darkens with exposure to the sun. The sapwood is lighter. There is a clear differentiation between the two parties.

Fiber: straight, although it is common to find it interlaced.

Grain: medium.

Density: It has an approximate density of 800 kg / m³ at 12% humidity.

Toughness (Monnin): Hard wood. 6.4

Durability: It is durable against decay and insect attack. Outdoors, it requires treatment.

Dimensional stability: Stable wood.

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.35%, somewhat nervous.
  • Relationship between contractions 1.45% without tendency to deform.

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: 780 kg / cmtwo
  • Resistance to static bending: 1,350 kg / cmtwo
  • Modulus of elasticity: 180,000 kg / cmtwo

Workability: It is a good quality wood, which does not present any major problems.

  • Sawed: No problem other than those derived from its hardness.
  • Drying: Slow. Risk of small deformations and cracks.
  • Brushing: It is recommended to brush at a slower speed than normal. There may be difficulties due to hardness and the risk of repellency due to the interlaced fiber.
  • Bonding: No problem.
  • Nailing and screwing: Requires pre-drilling.
  • Finish: No problem.
  • It can cause irritations mainly on the skin.

Price: It is not one of the best known tropical woods, despite its good characteristics. Thus, the price of tatajuba wood is the same and generally lower than that of other imported tropical woods.

Main Uses

It is a very versatile wood, suitable for a wide variety of uses in multiple conditions:

  • Manufacture of furniture or joinery.
  • Scale.
  • Interior and exterior carpentry: doors, windows, friezes …
  • Spinning.
  • Armar Carpentry.
  • Shipbuilding or shipbuilding.
  • Waterworks.