Iroko Wood

Iroko Wood Lumber is used in boatbuilding, piling and marine work, domestic flooring, furniture, veneer, railroad crossties, cabinetwork, shop fittings and joinery.  Iroko wood is often suggested as a Teak look-alike, although precaution should be taken as it is not related to Teak.

Iroko Wood Lumber, also known as African teak Lumber is a dense African timber with the properties of genuine teak. It is lighter in color than teak and finishes to a golden brown. Iroko wood is tan to golden brown, very durable in the outdoors, used in the boating industry, and does blunts tools because of its hardness.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • CUTS: Mixed Grain
  • SIZES: 4/4, 8/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • OTHER NAMES: African Teak
  • ORIGIN: Tropical Africa
  • APPEARANCE: Heartwood varies from a pale yellowish brown to dark chocolate brown with lighter markings most conspicuous on flat-sawn surfaces; sapwood is yellowish white and clearly demarcated. Texture medium to coarse; grain typically interlocked, sometimes irregular occasional large “Å“stone”  deposits of calcium carbonate
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 1260 for dry material
  • WEIGHT: 43 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 3.6 lbs. per board foot
  • DRYING: Dries rapidly with little or no degrade
  • WORKABILITY: Works fairly easily with hand or machine tools but with some tearing of interlocked grain; occasional deposits of calcium carbonate severely damage cutting edges; good nailing and gluing characteristics; moderate steam-bending properties
  • DURABILITY: Heartwood is very durable and is resistant to termite and marine borer attack as well. Sapwood liable to powder-post beetle attack
  • PRESERVATION: Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservative treatments; sapwood permeable.
  • FINISHING: Finishes well, can cause dermatitis in working wet wood

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