BOTANICAL NAME: Guibourtia spp.
Bubinga is often referred to as “African Rosewood” because of is resemblance to Rosewood. This wood is commonly used in fine furniture and cabinetwork, decorative veneers, fancy turnery, and inlay work.
||African Rosewood, Kevazinga (as a figured veneer)|
|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|