azobe

Azobé

Family: OCHNACEAE
Scientific name: Lophira alata
Pilot names: Azobé

END USES

Hydraulic works / Sleepers / Bridges / Flooring / Heavy carpentry / Stakes / Poles / Stairs (inside) / Resistant to acids

WOOD DESCRIPTION

Color: Dark red
Sapwood: Clearly demarcated
Texture: Coarse
Grain: Interlocked

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Mean Std dev
Specific gravity 1,06 0,04
Coeff. of volumetric shrinkage 0,69% 0,01%
Total tangential shrinkage (TS) 10,3% 0,9%
(normal moisture, at 12%)

NATURAL DURABILITY

Fungi: Durable
Dry wood borers: Durable
Termites: Durable
Use class: Class 4 – In ground or fresh water contact

DRYING

Drying rate: Slow
Risk of distortion: High risk
Risk of casehardening: No
Risk of cracking: High risk
Risk of collapse: No

SAWING AND MACHINING

Sawing: Very difficult
Peeling: Not recommended
Slicing: Not recommended

ASSEMBLING

Nailing/Screwing: Good (pre-boring)
Gluing: Correct (for interior only)