Approximated fingerboards dimensions for classic guitar: 470x75x9 mm
Fingerboard, that thin and long piece which covers the neck of an instrument and where the strings run over, consists an essential part of most stringed instruments. Specially, playing classic and flamenco guitar.
Although it isn’t the most attractive or visible part of the classic guitar, the kind of wood which it is made of and its quality have a huge influence in the final sound of the instrument.
Like everybody knows, the common recommendation is that the wood of the fingerboards has to be hard, because this part of the guitar is always being touched by the strings and the guitarist’s fingers.
For all these reasons, the most used woods in the construction of classic guitar fingerboards are Ebony and Indian Rosewood, because of its hardness, stability and its obvious beauty. However, with the pass of the time, the range of wood used in fingerboards has increased, and we can find more woods with good density and hardness qualities for our classic guitar. That’s why we have this huge variety of woods for fingerboards.
In Maderas Barber, we offer you a big variety of woods for fingerboards which can be used for this important part of your instrument.
Bocote is an exotic wood, both for its sound and beauty. This wood has a particular appearance due to the figures of its grain, which commonly has the shape of circles very similar to eyes.
With the pass of time, Bocote has become a wood very treasured due to its beauty and its sound qualities: its big projection of the sound and the sweet tone.
In addition, this wood has a great stiffness and tension, qualities very demanded in fingerboards and which make this wood could be perfect for this part if the instrument. We can’t neither forget about the great stability of this wood.
If we work carefully this wood and we reduce its thickness to the maximum, Bocote fingerboards for classic guitar of Maderas Barber, won’t let you down.
BOTANIC NAME: Cordia eleagnoides
COMMON NAMES : Bocote, Bucote, Cordia, Barcino, Cueramo
DESCRIPTION: Density 950-1200 Kg/m3. Has a yellowish-brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Colour tends to darken with age. The grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on flatsawn areas. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes” and other figuring in Bocote. It is heavy and resistant.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results. Bocote also turns and finishes well. knots do not seem to present any special challenges in machining.
DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.
USES: Guitar backs and sides, headplates, fingerboards and bridges.
Cocobolo is a stunning wood with a great respond to the sound, and with an impressive aesthetic finish. For all these qualities, cocobolo is increasingly becoming a great alternative to the traditional Indian Rosewood fingerboards.
Cocobolo produce a similar sound to Koa wood, clear and with brighter high notes. However, we have to work this wood carefully since it is a wood with high content of oils.
Hardness and resistance are one of the most important qualities for fingerboards, so Cocobolo fingerboards for Classic Guitar are a perfect option to this important part of your instrument.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia retusa.
COMMON NAMES: Cocobolo, Granadilla, Cocobola.
DESCRIPTION: Density 990-1250 Kg/m3. Cocobolo can have different colours, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colours are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a fine even texture. Good natural luster. Notoriously allergenic.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Also, the wood’s colour can bleed into surrounding wood when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats not to smear the wood’s colour/oils into surrounding areas. Tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present; the wood also has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges/tools due to its high density. Cocobolo has excellent turning properties.
DRYING: Slow drying wood. Risk of deformation or cracks.
USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards, bridges, headplates. Wind instruments.
Ebony has always been the most used wood in instruments building. That’s due to the density, stiffness, and the acoustic proprieties that a fingerboard needs. Without any doubt, Ebony has a great resistance to wear and frictions produced by guitarist and by string tension, so it’s very easy to understand the massive use of this wood in this part of Classic Guitar.
Regarding to the acoustic, African Ebony adds a brilliant and dynamic touch to the sound of your instrument. What is more, Ebony is a perfect material for fingerboards due to is stability, its physical appearance, and its great attachment to frets.
For all these reasons, in Maderas Barber we have a wide range of qualities in African Ebony fingerboards for classic guitar. Discover all them with us!
BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.
COMMON NAMES: African Ebony, Black Ebony.
ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black.
Occasionally dark brown or greyish-brown streaks may be present. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Finishes well, and polishes to a high luster. Responds well to steam bending.
DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.
USES: Fingerboards. Wind instruments.
This wood is very similar to its cousin, African Ebony, and both are very demanded by luthiers nowadays. Using this wood in Classic Guitar fingerboards, we’ll add a brilliant and dynamic touch, without underestimate its excellent qualities to resist spots and marks.
As it happens with other types of Ebony, Madagascar Ebony is hard, stable and very impressive because of the big contrast of its grain.
In Maderas Barber we have Madagascar Ebony fingerboards for Classic Guitar: pieces of a high quality with an extraordinary and clean sound.
BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros perrieri
COMMON NAMES: Madagascar Ebony.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1050-1280 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour white or yellow and hardwood is jet-black. Sometimes has white streaks. Grain is extremely fine, almost invisible.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Has a dulling effect on cutters and tools must be sharpen frequently. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well.
Resistant to fungi and insects.
DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split or distort.
USES: Musical instruments fingerboards . Wind instruments.
Macassar Ebony share a lot of proprieties with African Ebony, although they are very different in appearance.
This wood has a great beauty since its straight grain creates a nice contrast between black and brown. That’s why luthiers are being increasingly more interested in this type of wood to give their instruments an exotic touch.
Macassar Ebony also stands out because it is a hard and stable wood: the perfect match to your fingerboard. Choose this wood species and discover its high quality both in sound and in appearance.
BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Celebica
COMMON NAMES: Macassar Ebony , Striped Ebony
DESCRIPTION: Density 1000-1300 Kg/m3 .Heartwood has a striped appearance, somewhat similar to Zebrawood. Yellow to reddish brown body with darker brown or black stripes. Sharply demarcated sapwood is pale gold colour. Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked; fine uniform texture and good natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be rather difficult to work, due to its high density, blunting effect on cutters, and its occasionally interlocked grain. Humidity must be controlled during storage. Machining must be sharp.
DRYING: Drying process is slow. Wooden parts can crack or become deformed after drying.
USES: Guitar backs and sides and also fingerboards.
As it happens with all types of Ebony, Green Ebony is also hard and thick. This wood also provides softness and a lot of sustain and an extremely good projection.
Although it can be a little bit difficult to work with, because it’s a heavy wood and difficult to crack across the grain, the result will impress you both in the appearance and in the sound of your instrument. Bet on the difference and chose these Green Ebony fingerboards of Maderas Barber.
BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Durionoides
COMMON NAMES: Green Ebony
ORIGIN: Central America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1000-1300 Kg/m3 . Sapwood is white and heartwood is black/brown with stripes in different tones but mainly green olive colour.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature to prevent cracks. Can cause skin problems.
DRYING: An uncommon characteristic of the green ebony , if it cracks before drying process it is possible that after drying the crack seals disappearing without a trace.
USES: Guitar backs and sides and also fingerboards, bridges and headplates.
Blackwood is being used to replace the classic wood that have been commonly used in fingerboards. The great qualities of this wood which make it a perfect option for classic guitar are: a good sound, hardness and durability. Furthermore, it is one of the best options to avoid marks and spots in your instrument, apart from its great ability to resist the string tension due to its hardness.
Discover the fantastic sound of Blackwood fingerboards and the famous roses smell that luthiers appreciate in this wood species and which make it even more special for your classic guitar.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia melanoxylon.
COMMON NAMES: Blackwood, African Blackwood.
ORIGIN: Tanzania, Mozambique.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1250-1300 Kg/m3 . Often completely black, with little or no discernible grain. Occasionally slightly lighter, with a dark brown or purplish colour. The pale yellow sapwood is usually very thin, and is clearly demarcated from the darker heartwood. It has a fine, even texture, with small pores that should not require filling; the grain is typically straight.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Very difficult to work with hand or machine tools, with an extreme blunting effect on cutters. Blackwood is most often used in turned objects, where it is considered to be among the very finest of all turning woods. Gluing and finishing are acceptable. Should be waxed to prevent cracks.
DRYING: Drying process is slow. Minimal risk of deformation but tends to crack.
USES: Guitar fingerboards. Wind instruments.
Mexican Granadillo has a great success between luthiers in order to replace the prestigious and traditional Rosewood in fingerboards. The reason is due to the hardness and tonal quality of Mexican Granadillo, apart from its visual beauty: qualities very appreciated in this part of the Classic Guitar.
Check the infallibility of Mexican Granadillo Fingerboards for Classic Guitar of Maderas Barber, and all the advantages of this treasured American Wood.
BOTANIC NAME: Platymiscium Yucatanum
COMMON NAMES: Mexican cocobolo, Zangalicua, Mexican granadillo.
ORIGIN: Central America
DESCRIPTION: Density 800-1000 Kg/m3 .
RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. It is recommended to work with sharp blades.
DRYING: Slow drying speed.
USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards. Castanets and marimba.
American Walnut is a very sustainable wood which is being each time more demanded between luthiers.
American Walnut is a considered tonewood with a great sound response and with a high stability, shock resistance and strength. When it’s dried, this wood is capable to resist the tension strings and the friction as any other wood even thicker. In addition, its price is lower than other exotic wood, what makes American Walnut a good option for your instrument.
Regarding the acoustic proprieties, American Walnut has an excellent register of high, medium and low tones. And regarding to its appearance, this wood is dark-colored with a straight grained what also make it very treasured by instrument builders.
Discover with us the great stability and special beauty of these American Walnut fingerboards for Classic Guitar.
BOTANIC NAME: Juglans nigra
COMMON NAMES: Black walnut, American Walnut.
ORIGIN: United States and Canada.
DESCRIPTION: Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-grey to nearly white. Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. Glues, stain and finishes well. It is recommended to wear a face mask. Can cause eye and skin irritation.
DRYING: Drying process must be slow.
USES: Guitar backs and sides. Fingerboards.
Amazon Rosewood is related to the prestigious Brazilian Rosewood, so they share a lot of good proprieties. This wood is very appropriated for building classic guitar fingerboards, and that’s why is one of the most used ones by luthiers. Amazon Rosewood is recognized because of its sound, its hardness and durability: characteristics very demanded in this part of the instrument because a fingerboard has to bear tension and friction.
In Maderas Barber we offer you Amazon Rosewood fingerboards for Classic Guitar of a high quality: discover its great beauty and its stunning acoustic.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia spruceana.
COMMON NAMES: Amazon Rosewood.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1100 kg/m3. Amazon Rosewood tends to be an orange or reddish brown, with darker contrasting streaks. Lighter yellowish sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. It has uniform, medium texture with open pores.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Amazon Rosewood can be fairly difficult to work on account of its density. It also needs to be glued with care ,as do most other true rosewoods.). It turns and finishes well, and can be polished to a high natural luster.
DRYING: Due to its density, it dries slowly. Risk of cracks.
USES: Guitar backs, sides and fingerboards. Xylophones.
After Ebony, Indian Rosewood is the most used wood in the construction of Classic Guitar fingerboards, because both have great qualities for this part of the instrument.
This wood has tendency to make sound darker, but adding a warmer touch, something very appreciated by luthiers and guitar players. It is also dense and very stable, but it is recommended to being used with reduced thickness, and once they are built, these fingerboards have to been cleaned and oil lubricated periodically to avoid any crash.
Check the sweetness and the beauty of this Indian Rosewood fingerboards for Classic Guitar in Maderas Barber that we have in different qualities and with a colorful grain.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.
COMMON NAMES: Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood.
DESCRIPTION: Density 870-900 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.
RECOMMENDATIONS: It can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though colour from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats. Can cause skin irritation
DRYING: Dries slowly. There is no risk of deformation but it can crack. The wood colour improves with the drying.
USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates and Zanfoña pieces.
Madagascar Rosewood is very similar to Brazilian Rosewood and has become one of the Luthier’s favorite woods for building fingerboards, mostly due to its sound and its beauty.
In addition, hardness is one of the most wanted qualities in tonewood for this part of the instrument, and this is a key attribute in Madagascar Rosewood. This wood has a high quality with stunning sound attributes for classic guitar fingerboards that you have to meet in Maderas Barber.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia baronii.
COMMON NAMES: Madagascar Rosewood, Palisander.
DESCRIPTION: Density 920 kg/m3. Heartwood generally ranges from a light yellow-brown to a darker orange or reddish brown. Darker black streaks are common, and can produce a grain figure known as “spider-webbing” .Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Grain is usually straight, with a uniform medium-fine texture.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though depending on the species, it can blunt cutting edges rapidly. Care should be taken in gluing and finishing, due to natural oils in the wood that can disrupt the drying process. Turns and polishes well.
DRYING: Dries slowly . Natural oils can interrupt the process.
USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates.
Kingwood is a very demanded wood due to its sound and physical qualities. This wood matches luthier’s real needs regarding to hardness, density and soft touch, apart from adding exotic manners to classic guitars.
If you chose Kingwood for your classic guitar fingerboard, your instrument will be unique and an absolutely delight.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia cearensis.
COMMON NAMES: Kingwood.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1020 kg/m3. Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be difficult to work due to its high density. Kingwood has a moderate blunting effect on cutters, and tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present. Can be difficult to glue due to natural oils and high density. Turns very well and takes a high polish.
DRYING: Dries slowly. Natural oils can interrupt the process.
USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards and bridges.
BOTANIC NAME: Piratinera Guianensis
COMMOM NAMES: Snakewood, Amourette.
ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: Density 1210 Kg/m3. Reddish brown, with contrasting darker brown or black patches. Colour tends to darken and homogenize with age. Grain is straight, with a fine even texture. High natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Snakewood is extremely dense, and has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Snakewood also tends to be quite brittle and can splinter easily while being worked. Turns well and finishes to a high polish.
DRYING: Drying speed is slow. Risk of deformation.
USES: Inlay, veneer, violin bows, tool handles, and other small turned or specialty objects.
Santos Rosewood is a wood highly regarded by luthiers in the last years for fingerboards. For some luthiers, it is a perfect substitute of Bubinga or some Rosewoods in this part of the instrument, due to its hardness, stability and attractive.
To all these reasons we have to add its great value for money what make it become a great option for your classic guitar fingerboard.
Discover the stunning grain of Santos Rosewood for Classic Guitar fingerboards that we have available in Maderas Barber, always with the best quality.
BOTANIC NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon.
COMMON NAMES: Pau Ferro, Morado, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood.
DESCRIPTION: Density 940 kg/m3. Colour can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks. Narrow sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is typically straight, though sometimes slightly irregular or interlocked. Fine, even texture and a naturally high luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Pau Ferro is considered overall to be of fair workability, as it can blunt the cutting edges of tools, and any irregular grain has a tendency to tear out during machining operations. Also, many of the same challenges in gluing rosewoods are common to Pau Ferro as well. Pau Ferro turns and finishes well. Can cause eye and skin irritation.
DRYING: Dries slowly. No risk of deformation but it can crack.
USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards , headplates and bridges. Wind instruments.
Classic fingerboards purple heart estimated dimension 470x75x9mm
BOTANIC NAME: Peltogyne pubelcens.
COMMON NAMES: Purpleheart, Amaranth.
ORIGIN: Central America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 880 kg/m3. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull greyish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple.
RECOMMENDATIONS: If the wood is heated with dull tools, or if cutter speeds are too high, Purpleheart will exude a gummy resin that can clog tools and complicate the machining process. Depending on the grain orientation, can be difficult to plane without tear out. Purpleheart also has a moderate dulling effect on cutters.
DRYING: Drying speed varies from normal to slow. Risk of deformation
USES: Musical instruments, furniture. It has excellent strength properties, and can be used in applications where strength is important.
Sycamore is always a synonym of a brilliant acoustic sound, a great density and the perfect rigidity for an instrument fingerboard. Although Spruce is the only wood which can lead the efficiency of Sycamore, Spruce is not so rigid as Sycamore, what makes Sycamore even a better option for classic guitar fingerboards.
Sycamore bears without any problem the tension and the impacts that this part of the instrument has to support. On the other hand, other advantage is the high and easy availability of this wood.
Don’t think it more and discover the great beauty and definition of Sycamore fingerboards for classic guitar that we have in Maderas Barber.
BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.
COMMON NAMES: Sycamore, Maple.
ORIGIN: Central Europe, Eastern Asia.
DESCRIPTION: Density 640 kg/m3. Sapwood colour ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even colour.
DRYING: Allow air dry but can cause spots and colour alterations. It is important to dry it quickly to keep the white colour.
USES: Guitar , backs and sides, bindings and fingerboards.
Sonokeling shares botanical name with Indian Rosewood and many sound attributes. However, they also share some differences because of the different tree’s growth. Sonokeling stands out because it is less hard and has more color variety, but also because its grain is a little thicker than Indian Rosewood.
Its incredible price is another reason why this wood can be perfect for your classic guitar fingerboard. Try this high-quality fingerboard wood in Maderas Barber!
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia
COMMON NAMES: Sonokeling. East Indian Rosewood.
DESCRIPTION: Density 820 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.
RECOMMENDATIONS: It can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though colour from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats.
DRYING: Low drying speed. Risk of deformations and cracks.
USES: Fingerboards, bridges, headplates and bindings.
Wenge is a wood largely used in the manufacture of musical instruments, and very acclaimed by guitar players. Luthiers has used wenge for fingerboards since many years in replacing more expensive woods like ebony or Indian Rosewood.
Wenge is very rigid, hard and stable: a perfect wood in the use of classic guitar fingerboards, this part of the instrument which suffers a lot of tension, spots and impacts.
Regarding to the acoustic, this wood produces a sound similar to Ebony and Rosewood, with low and mid tones very clears.
Discover the beauty and the fantastic results that you can get with Wenge fingerboards for your classic guitar.
BOTANIC NAME: Milettia laurentii.
COMMON NAMES: Wengue, Panga-Panga
ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION: Density 830 kg/m3. Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish the wood can become nearly black. Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS Can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.
DRYING: Slow drying speed. Low risk of deformations.
USES: Guitar fingerboards, bridges, headplates, backs and sides. Bodies for electric and bass guitars.
With any doubt, Ziricote is one of the most regarded woods due to its beauty and its acoustic attributes. Its grain and veins recreate figures like any other wood and some people even compare this wood with Brazilian Rosewood.
However, the strength of this wood is not only its appearance. The tone of Ziricote is between Indian Rosewood and Makassar Ebony, with even more clearly than the first one, and more harmonics than the second one. About its physical attributes, this wood is dense and hard, what make Ziricote a great option for fingerboards.
Find these Ziricote fingerboards for Classic Guitar with the best qualities and guarantees of Maderas Barber.
BOTANIC NAME: Cordia Dodecandra.
COMMON NAMES: Ziricote
ORIGIN: Central America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 805 kg/m3. Ziricote has colour ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” grain figure. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS Ziricote is fairly easy to work considering its high density. The wood tends to develop end and surface checks during drying, which can be problematic: though the wood is stable once dry. Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most instances, it can also be glued with no problems.
DRYING: Dries slowly. Risk of deformations or cracks.
USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards.
Ovangkol has been used for years with the purpose of reaching a beauty appearance and a traditional and powerful acoustic. This wood also offers high notes and good harmonics.
Ovangkol is easy to work with, cheap and extremely beautiful. In a few words, this wood is a sustainable alternative if we compare it with other species more popular.
BOTANIC NAME: Guibouthia ehie.
COMMON NAMES: Ovangkol
ORIGIN: Central Africa.
DESCRIPTION: Density 780-825 Kg/m3. Varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, grey, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to coarse texture, with moderate natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though Ovangkol contains silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planning and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tear out. Turns, glues and finishes well.
DRYING: Slow to normal drying process. Risk of deformation.
USES: Musical instruments. Floors and furniture.