Sweetbay

sweetbay

Scientific Name: Magnolia virginiana
Location: southeastern USA
Dried Weight: 34lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 810lbf
Crushing Strength: 5,680lbf /in2

 

Sweetbay has a very wide sapwood that is a creamy white to grayish color. While the sapwood is narrow and ranges from a medium to dark brown, sometimes with a green, purple, or black streaks. The grain is straight and it has a medium uniform texture. The wood gives off a moderate natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Sweetbay is rated as non-durable to perishable in regards to decay. It is easy to work with and turns,glues, stains, and finishes well.

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