Massaranduba

Description

      Massaranduba is known for its superior characteristics and properties. You may have heard of ipe’s incredible hardness, durability, and longevity- massaranduba is similar to ipe in many ways and is often used interchangeably with ipe. Massaranduba is one of the hardest woods in the world which lends to its incredible durability and longevity. It is also naturally resistant to insect attack, mold, rot, fire and decay. Due to the wood’s fine texture, massarandba offers great slip resistance. Despite its high density, massaranduba generally produces good results with both hand and machine tools, though it does exhibit an above-average dulling effect on cutters. Responds well to steam-bending. Can pose challenges in gluing due to high density and oil content.

The color of Massaranduba varies from a dull plum red to a light brown or brick. The grain is primarily straight, tight, uniform and not pronounced, and the texture is very fine and smooth. Unlike Ipe, the grain does not present cathedral arches or dark stripes when first installed, but it can develop darker patterns in later years giving the board faces beautiful contrast and character. Massaranduba generally starts as a uniform brick color and turns to an Ipe brown in two to three months without any red coloring.

Despite its high density, Bulletwood generally produces good results with both hand and machine tools, though it does exhibit an above-average dulling effect on cutters. Responds well to steam-bending. Can pose challenges in gluing due to high density and oil content.

Massaranduba is one of the hardest woods in the world which lends to its incredible durability and longevity. It is also naturally resistant to insect attack, mold, rot, fire and decay. Due to the wood’s fine texture, Massarandba offers great slip resistance.

Very resistant to attack by decay fungi; highly resistant to subterranean termites and moderately resistant to dry-wood termites. Not resistant to marine borer attack. Has high resistance to absorption of moisture and is also highly resistant to preservation treatments. If left unfinished, like any other natural wood, Massaranduba will turn gray. Due to Massaranduba’s density, it is difficult for any finish treatment to penetrate the wood. Outside in the elements on a horizontal surface, caretakers can expect to regularly re-coat.

Recognized as a value option for timber applications;

  • Special Order Only – rough sawn, dressed or profiled in any dimension up to 4"x12"

  • Massaranduba timbers are available in lengths to 20’

  • Availability may be impacted by seasonal production cycles

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Common Uses

  • Heavy construction (within its natural range), decking, flooring, boat building, bent parts, and turned objects.

Technical Specifications

*Source: The Wood Database; https://www.wood-database.com/