Massaranduba has a rich dark red color which is sometimes compared to the color of horse meat. Massaranduba gives a heavy feeling and does not carry any remarkable smells or tastes. This specie is also known for its resistance against mould.
Name : Massaranduba
Scientific name :Manilkara bidentata
Origin : Suriname, Guyana, French Guyana, Brazil
Other names : Maçaranduba, Balata rouge
Natural Durability : Class 1
Density (12%) :1050 kg/m3
Shrinkage (%) :rad. 3,85%, tang. 5,5%
Bending strength (12%) : Massaranduba is very well bendable
Drying :Slow drying is recommended, there is a risk of distortion and drying to fast can also lead to splits and cracks in the Massaranduba wood.
Working : Massaranduba has a very high density but is relatively easy to work with
Finishing :Good, Finishing the wood achieves very smooth results. Must be predrilled for fastening.
Uses :Massaranduba is used for hydraulic structures in pile worm free areas, Bridge decks, flooring, crossbeams, and in gardens.
Products : Sheet piles, beams, logs