Kingwood

Common Name(s): KingwoodScientific Name: Dalbergia cearensisDistribution: Brazil (and occasionally from Mexico)Tree Size: 30-60 ft (10-20 m) tall, less than 2 ft (.6 m) trunk diameterAverage Dried Weight: 75 lbs/ft3 (1,200 kg/m3)Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .98, 1.20Janka Hardness: 3,340 lbf (17,240 N)Modulus of Rupture: No data availableElastic Modulus: No data availableCrushing Strength: No data availableShrinkage:No data availableColor/Appearance: Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow.Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; small pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood deposits occasionally present; growth rings distinct due to seemingly marginal parenchyma bands; rays not visible without lens; parenchyma banded, apotracheal parenchyma diffuse-in-aggregates, paratracheal parenchyma vasicentric, and aliform.Rot Resistance: Reported as being very durable in decay resistance, and is also resistance to termites.Workability: Tends to be difficult to work due to its high density. Kingwood has a moderate blunting effect on cutters, and tearout can occur during planing if interlocked grain is present. Can be difficult to glue due to natural oils and high density. Turns very well and takes a high polish.Odor: Distinct, rosewood-like odor when being worked.Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite … Continue reading Kingwood