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Common Name(s): Bubinga, African Rosewood
Botanical Name: Guibourtia demeusei
Woodworking Qualities: Working with hand or power tools is usually easy. Gluing can be difficult because of gum pockets, and for nailing, Pre-boring holes is highly recommended. As with many exotic woods, care should be taken when sanding to avoid skin irritations caused by the dust circulated.
Janka Rating: The Janka rating for Bubinga is 1980.
Species Characteristics: Bubinga is resistant to termite attack and to preservative treatment, although the sapwood may be more susceptible to either.
Appearance: This lusThis lustrous wood has a rose-color background that is accented with darker, sometimes purple streaks. Different cuts of the wood will reveal different patterns, such as the “Flame” effect that appears in the quarter-sawn configuration. trous wood has a rose-color background that is accented with darker, sometimes purple streaks. Different cuts of the wood will reveal different patterns, such as the “Flame” effect that appears in the quarter-sawn configuration.
Color Change: Bubinga undergoes a medium level of color change, altering from a pinkish color to a more copper red.
Uses: Common uses for Bubinga include veneer for cabinetry, tool and knife handles, although wood flooring and inlays remain the most popular of its applications.
Bubinga originates from Central Africa.