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Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon
MAHOGANY-STYLE LUMBER WITH WANDERING GRAIN
This is not a particularly nice lumber to work, having a wavy and interlocking grain, but the effect can be dramatic. Blackwood has some of the color of American mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) but more variation in patterning and tone, though it is reported to display some fiddleback figure, Make sure you experiment with glue before assembly, and you may need to reduce cutter angles to cope with the meandering grain. However, the lumber will polish well.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate hardwood
Other names Tasmanian blackwood, Australian blackwood
Similar species Black wattle (A. mearnsii)
Sources Australia
Color Reddish brown, with some lighter, almost golden streaks and other dark brown bands
Texture Medium
Grain Straight in some places; elsewhere wildly wavy or interlocked
Hardness Medium
Weight Medium to heavy (41 lb./cu. ft.) (660 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SLISTAINABILITY
Blackwood can be bought from yards specializing in exotics, and is a little more expensive than mahogany. It is not listed as endangered.





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