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
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.
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