The Satinwood Family

eastindian-satinwoodEast Indian Satinwood

Scientific Name: Chloroxylon swietenia
Location: central and southern India & Sri Lanka
Dried Weight: 61lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 2,620lbf
Crushing Strength: 10,410lbf /in2

East Indian Satinwood has a heartwood that is light to golden yellow to orangish brown while the sapwood is a whitish yellow color. The grain is interlocked and it has a fine even texture. The wood gives off a very high natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. The wood is rated as very durable in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its density and interlocked grain. Satinwood turns superbly and glues, polishes, and finishes well.

 

west-indian-satinwoodWest Indian Satinwood

Scientific Name: Zanthoxylum flavum
Location: Caribbean
Dried Weight: 56lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,820lbf
Crushing Strength: not available

West Indian Satinwood has a heartwood that ranges from light to golden yellow color to an orangish brown color. The sapwood is a whitish yellow. The grain is interlocked and it has a fine even texture. The wood gives off a very high natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. The wood is rated as durable to non-durable. It is difficult to work on because of its density and interlocked grain. It also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. The wood turns superbly and glues, polishes, and finishes well.

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