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Idigbo Terminalia ivorensis
HARD-WORKING LUMBER THAT IS ALSO HARD TO WORK
Undistinguished when it comes to color and grain, idigbo is one of many African hardwoods that are used extensively for joinery inside and out and for making plywood or mass-produced furniture. Though the grain is generally straight, the texture is coarse and can be uneven, and there is a chance of interlocking grain. There are very few knots or defects, which keeps wastage low and makes the species ideal for producing joinery and furniture by machines that can force their way through unhelpful grain. There is a risk of staining when the lumber comes in contact with iron or steel in moist conditions.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Black afara, African teak Sources West Africa
Color Pale yellow-brown
Texture Coarse
Grain Straight, but occasionally interlocking
Hardness Medium to hard
Weight Medium (35 lb./cu. ft.) (560 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Idigbo tends to be supplied to the joinery and furniture trades; availability for home woodworkers is more limited. Species from Africa have to be regarded with some caution, and idigbo has been listed as vulnerable, but certified supplies are rare.


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