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Obeche Triplochiton scleroxylon
HARDWOOD USUALLY HIDDEN FROM VIEW
Obeche is generally used where it will not be seen or where strength and protection are not important. It is favored for frames within items of furniture that require lightweight components, such as ready-to-assemble chests and cabinets. With a uniform texture and interlocking but essentially straight grain, it is ideal for making thin items, such as moldings, that do not have to be finished to a high polish or luster. Obeche is surprisingly easy to work. It is stable, quick and easy to season. The only time the lumber is valued for its appearance, however, is when it is to be stained.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Ayous, samba, African whitewood, soft satinwood, wawa, bush maple, African maple, African primavera
Sources West Africa
Color Pale honey or tan, sometimes almost yellow
Texture Medium and uniform
Grain Looks straight, with stripes when quartersawn, but usually interlocking
Hardness Medium
Weight Light (24 lb./cu. ft.) (380 kg/cu, m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Readily available, especially for mass production, and inexpensive. It does not appear to be threatened.



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