Originating in the African continent, tiama wood is an abundant tropical wood, with acceptable characteristics and a similar aspect to the sapelo.
Their scientific names are Entandrophragma angolense DC Y Entandrophragma congolense A.Chev.
Characteristics of Tiama wood
Color: Heartwood with reddish and brown tones. The clearly differentiated sapwood has light, almost pink tones. The result is a generally brown wood with golden highlights.
Characteristic defects: May contain rubber deposits.
Density: Semi-heavy wood of about 550 kg / m3, at 12% humidity.
Toughness: Soft wood with 2.2 in the Monnin test.
Durability: Moderate. Treatment is recommended. Susceptible to termites and other insects, moderately resistant to fungi, good resistance to marine borers.
- Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.41%. Medium edgy wood.
- Compressive strength: 479 kg / cmtwo.
- Static flexural strength: 816 kg / cmtwo.
- Elastic modulus: 112,000 kg / cmtwo.
Impregnation: Slightly impregnable sapwood, heartwood not impregnable.
- Sawn. Smoothly.
- Drying. Normal speed, high risk of deformation.
- Brushed. It may have problems due to the interlaced fiber.
- Glued. Smoothly.
- Nailed and screwed. Smoothly.
- Finish. Smoothly.
Price: Moderate because it is a tropical wood.
Uses of Tiama
- Natural wood veneers and plywood boards.
- Carpentry assembly.
- Interior and exterior carpentry: doors, windows, frames, baseboards …
- Outdoor furniture. Although it is a common use for thiama wood, it is not always the best option.
- Light shipbuilding: deck, deck …