Bubinga Wood Lumber is often referred to as “African Rosewood” Lumber because of is resemblance to Rosewood. Bubinga wood is commonly used in fine furniture and cabinetwork, decorative veneers, fancy turnery, inlay work, joinery, flooring, and decorative panelling.
Bubinga Wood Lumber is valuable, durable and moderately resistant to wood-boring insects including termites. Bubinga Lumber is sourced from Western Africa.
- GRADES: FAS/SEL
- CUTS: Mixed Grain
- SIZES: 4/4, 5/4, 8/4
- DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
- OTHER NAMES: African Rosewood, Kevazinga (as a figured veneer)
- ORIGIN: Equatorial Africa
- APPEARANCE: Heartwood pink, vivid red, or red brown with purple streaks or veins, on exposure becomes yellow or medium brown with a reddish tint, veining becomes less conspicuous; sapwood whitish and clearly demarcated. Texture fine and even; grain straight or interlocked; lustrous; sometimes highly figured; has an unpleasant odor when first cut which disappears on drying
- DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is roughly 2,690 for dry material
- WEIGHT: 50 – 60 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 4.2 – 5 lbs. per board foot
- DRYING: Must be dried slowly to avoid distortion and checking
- WORKABILITY: Though quite hard and heavy, Bubinga will saw and plane rather well and produce a good finish. Turns well and gluing can be moderate to difficult due to gum pockets
- DURABILITY: Heartwood has good durability and is resistant to termite attack. Moderately resistant to marine borers
- PRESERVATION: Heartwood is rated as resistant to preservative treatments, sapwood is permeable
- FINISHING: Finishes well