Gidgee (Acacia cambagei)

Gidgee (Acacia cambagei)

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Common Name(s): Gidgee

Scientific Name: Acacia cambagei, A. pruinocarpa

Distribution: Endemic to Australia

Tree Size: 20-40 ft (6-12 m) tall, 1 ft (.3 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 72 lbs/ft3 (1,150 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .93, 1.15

Janka Hardness: 4,270 lbf (18,990 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 18,850 lbf/in2 (130.0 MPa)*

Elastic Modulus: 2,683,000 lbf/in2 (18.50 GPa)*

Crushing Strength: 10,150 lbf/in2 (70.0 MPa)*

*Conservative values based on strength group/bracket

Shrinkage: Radial: 4.0%, Tangential: 5.1%, Volumetric: 9.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.3

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is medium to dark reddish brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sharply demarcated sapwood is yellow. Curly figuring is also seen on some pieces, and is called “ringed gidgee.”

Grain/Texture: No data available.

Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; medium to large pores in radial/diagonal arrangement, few to moderately numerous; tyloses mineral/gum deposits common; parenchyma vasicentric, banded; narrow rays, spacing normal.

Rot Resistance: No data available.

Workability: No data available.

Odor: No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Gidgee. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: No data available.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: No data available.

Comments: No data available.

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Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Steve Earis for providing the wood sample of this wood species.

Gidgee (Acacia cambagei)

Gidgee (sanded)

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  1. Davor Mackic August 25, 2018 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Good luck with your tools if they’re not top notch. Hard as anything

  2. Graham King April 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    It is being used as a great hardwood for guitar fretboards.

  3. Bryan Scandrett March 2, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Workability – hard as steel.
    Durability – lasts outside for decades.
    Uses – posts and rails, wood turning.
    Excellent firewood, long burning, excellent coals.

  4. Eugene Dimitriadis May 25, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Acacia cambagei is the most common species commercially avaialble in smaller sizes. It has a high luster and when figured compares at least as well as Arizona ironwood as a knife handle material.

  5. Eugene Dimitriadis March 25, 2015 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Many dryland Aust. acacias have that floral / violet smell.

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