Afromosia Lumber 4/4-in, Rough Cut, Exotic Lumber

Weight: 3.25 BF Select & Better
Size :

Afromosia Lumber

Pericopsis elata - 4/4 FAS
Rough Cut - Lengths may vary

Type: Afromosia Lumber

Classification: Exotic Lumber

Wood Description
Afromosia (sometimes called Afrormosia wood) is sometimes referred to as “African Teak,” though it is not closely related to genuine Teak (Tectona grandis). Afromosia does look somewhat similar to Teak, has similar working and mechanical properties, and is extremely durable in outdoor applications; for these reasons, it’s used with a fair degree of success as a substitute for Teak. Heartwood is typically a yellowish brown, occasion will have an either reddish or olive hue. Color tends to darken with age. Narrow sapwood is pale yellow and is clearly differentiated from the heartwood.

Region - West Africa
Trade of this species is currently tightly controlled. It’s usually available as lumber in good sizes. This wood species is in CITES Appendix II, and is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as endangered due to a population reduction of over 50% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.

Working Properties
Afromosia is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though surfacing boards with interlocking grain may cause tearout. Other downsides include a slight blunting effect on cutting edges, and the development of dark stains if left in contact with iron in damp conditions. Afromosia turns, glues, stains, and finishes well. Afromosia has a distinct odor while being worked.

Main Uses
Used in Boatbuilding, veneer, flooring, and furniture.