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|DESCRIPTION||Color varies from a golden tan to a reddish brown with some dark grain accents throughout the wood.|
South America (Brazil)
|BOTANICAL NAME||Dipteryx Odorata|
|OTHER NAMES||Almendrillo, Brazilian Teak, Tonka, and Tonquin Bean|
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES||This wood has a bending strength of 14,793 psi.|
|WORKING PROPERTIES||Difficult to saw and bore. Where severely interlocked grain is not present, the wood planes to a smooth surface. Because of its high density and oily nature, the wood glues poorly. It nails and screws well; pre-boring is necessary.|
|DURABILITY||Cumaru is very durable. The heartwood has shown to be very durable in resistance to both brown-rot and white rot fungi. The wood has excellent weathering characteristics.|
|SEASONING||Cumaru is rated as easy to air-season with a slight tendency to check and with moderate warping; drying was uniformly rapid.|
|USES||Outdoor Decking, flooring, cogs and shafts, heavy construction, barge and dock fenders, railroad crossties, pulp mill equipment, tool handles, bearings, turnery. A substitute for lignum vitae.|
|COMMENTS||The cumaru tree is cultivated in many areas for the tonka beans used as a flavoring, which have a vanilla-like flavor.|
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