Category: 1

Wood density at 12% moisture content (kg): 1100

Also known as: Massaranduba, Macaranduba

Botanical name: Mimusops huberi Standl.

Origin: Northern part of South America, southern part of Central America, Southern Brazil, St. Domingo a Trinidad

Use: For its strength and durability, it is used in countries of origin for buildings prone to heavy wear and tear – water structures, bridge sections – ramps, factory floors, railway sleepers

Used for:

In Brazil, Massaranduba is popular as:

  • High-grade veneer for furniture
  • Lumber is used for solid furniture, legs for tables and chairs, bench seats
  • Parquets, outdoor wooden terraces
  • In mechanical engineering on paper machines

In Europe, tree trunks with varicolored grain of wood are used:

  • On sliced veneers
  • For bows and violin bows /straight grain wood/
  • Lathe – rollers, hammers and handles

Durability: Very durable, Massaranduba is one of the most resistant wood species to fungi, wood-decaying insects and is also considered to be particularly resistant to termites and seawater.

Wood description: Sapwood: yellowish or gray-pink color, sapwood 35-50 mm thick. Heartwood: color of freshly cut wood is burgundy red, it gradually darkens to a dark reddish-brown color. Texture: the overall texture is homogeneous and straight grain, however, spiral grains also appear. Wood, especially sapwood, contains resinous and crystalline substances in large quantities. Wood may contain a smaller number of holes of about 1 mm, the holes are not a technical defect.

Wood treatment:

Cutting: Despite being a hardwood is not difficult, but the tools become very dull and a much greater cutting force is required, cracks may occur during working with the wood, sanded surfaces are beautifully smooth with a metallic shine
Drying: Difficult, dries very slowly
Bonding/gluing: Only synthetic adhesives can be used