Tigerwood Specs

Photo Brazilian Koa Lumber
Description Tigerwood heartwood is reddish-brown to a light to rusty orange. Dark brown streaks and spots are prominent. Grain can be irregular and interlocked with alternating layers of hard and soft wood. Texture is medium.
Weight is 59lbs per cu. ft.
Country of Origin South America
Botanical Name Astronium Fraxinifolium or Astronium Lecointei
Other Names Brazilian Koa, Goncalo Alves, Zebrawood, Urunday-Para, Mura, Bois De Zebre, Chibatao, Guarita, Aderno
Mechanical Properties Strong in all categories and is not used in steam bending.
Janka 1850
Working Properties Easier to work with than ipe. Moderate blunting effect on cutters. Reduced angle cutting is required due to hard and soft layers and irregular grain. Pre-drilling is required for nailing, but holds screws well. Glues easily and finishes with a high natural polish.
Durability Highly durable and resistant to mold, decay, and termites. Not subject to beetle attack. Extremely resistant to preservative treatment.
Seasoning Should be air dried slowly. Difficult to dry with strong tendency to warp and check. Small movement.
Uses Used for interior hardwood flooring and exterior decking. High-class furniture and cabinetmaking, fancy goods and decorative work. Excellent for turning. Sliced veneers used in architectural paneling and face veneering.
Comments Although sometimes called "Zebrawood", true Zebrawood is a different species.