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Hormigo, Light

This wood goes by a number of common names, with none of them having a clear predominance. Macacauba or Macawood is usually used when referring to the lumber, while Hormigo is more commonly used for specialty applications such as turning or musical instruments.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Central and South America

Scientific Name

Platymiscium spp.

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.81

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.95

Janka Hardness

2700

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood colour can be highly variable, ranging from pale to bright red. Clearly demarcated sapwood is yellow to white.

Grain/Texture

Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to fine texture. High natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; large pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood mineral/gum deposits (yellow) occasionally present; growth rings indistinct; narrow rays not visible without lens, fairly close to close spacing; parenchyma lozenge, confluent, and banded (not marginal).

Rot Resistance

Heartwood is rated as durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, with good resistance to insect attacks as well.

Workability

Overall, good working characteristics for both hand and machine tools, though areas of interlocked grain should be approached with care to avoid tearout. Able to take a very high natural polish. Turns and glues well.

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 Macacauba. See the articles.

Pricing/Availability

Commonly imported under a variety of common names, and in a number of forms (lumber, turning blanks, flooring, etc.). Expect prices to be moderate for an imported exotic hardwood.

Sustainability

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