The colour of the Makka Kabbes heartwood is orange yellow brown, darkening to (dark) brown. The fresh sawn timber has a typical smell which disappears with time. The lighter sapwood is easy to distinguish. The grain is straight to irregular and sometimes interlocked. The wood has a remarkable stripy pattern and irregular darker spots can be seen (mineral spots). The texture is coarse.
Name : Makka Kabbes
Scientific name : Hymenolobium excelsum
Family : Leguminosae (Papilionaceae)
Origin : Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil
Other names : Angelim Pedra, Koraroballi, Sapupira
Natural Durability : Class 1-2 with good resistance to termites
Density (12%) : 750 kg/m³
Shrinkage (%) : rad. 1,0-1,5%, tang. 1,9-2,5%
Bending strength (12%) : 121 N/mm²
Drying : moderately difficult; risk of distortion and checking
Working : good
Finishing : good
Uses : interior and exterior joinery, flooring, paneling, turnery, furniture,
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