Wood of the day #23: Cumaru

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 02-03-2015 11:28 AM 927 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: Gray Pine Part 23 of Wood of the day series Part 24: Sheoak (Unknown Allocasuarina subspecies) »

  • Common name(s): Cumaru, Kumaru, Brazilian Teak, Tonka Bean Tree, Tonkin Bean Tree, Tonquin Bean Tree
  • Botanical name: Dipteryx odorata
  • Synonymous: __
  • Distribution: Northern South America
  • Description: The heartwood is usually medium-dark brown to a reddish brown, streaks of yellow and green are common. The grain is interlocked and the texture has a waxy feel to it. End grain has large pores filled with the yellow and green that show up as streaks and very thin bright annual rings.
  • Fun facts: Cumaru is also called Tonka Bean and the tree is commonly cultivated for its vanilla-cinnamon scented seeds.
  • Sampled by: Me

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 05:48 PM

Did a library in Florida out of this wood. I think the owner just wanted to say “cumaru”. Not much to look at. Like a plain mahogany, but darker and heavier. Not bad to work with. I was worried about the wear on the tools, but it wasn’t a factor (at least not much). Still have a few pieces. Think it’s best suited for outdoor wood.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 12:19 PM

My experience is that it works well as a outdoor furniture wood. And yes its not like teak that destroy your tools…

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