Chinaberry

chinaberry

Scientific Name: Melia azedarach
Location: Southern Asia, Australia, & Oceania
Dried Weight: 38lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 990lbf
Crushing Strength: 8,100lbf /in2

Chinaberry has a heartwood that ranges in color from a light pinkish orange to a deeper reddish brown, which will darken in color when exposed to light. The sapwood is a lighter yellow color. The grain is usually straight and it has a coarse uneven texture. The wood gives off a pronounced natural lustre. The end grain is ring-porous. Chinaberry is rated as moderately durable when it comes to decay. The wood is easy to work with and cuts, planes, sands, and glues well.

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