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4/4 KD $ 24.00 BF
5/4 KD $ 24.88 BF
Assumed, Wood Working Properties & Specifications
Other Common Names: Palissandre du Honduras (French), Palisandro de Honduras (Spanish), Honduras Rosenholz (German).
Distribution: Reported only in Belize (British Honduras) occurring in fairly large patches along rivers but also on inter-riverine and drier areas; mostly between Sarstoon and Monkey Rivers.
The Tree: Attains a height of 50 to 100 ft, with trunk diameters to 3 ft. Boles are often fluted and short, commonly forked at about 20 to 25 ft from the ground.
General Characteristics: Heartwood is pinkish brown to purple with alternating dark and light zones forming a very attractive figure, distinct from 1- to 2-in.- thick yellow sapwood. Texture medium to rather fine; grain generally straight to slightly roey; luster low to medium; fresh wood has an aromatic odor which dissipates with age, taste not distinctive to slightly bitter.
Weight: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) 0.75 to 0.88; air- dry density 58 to 68 pcf.
Mechanical Properties: No data available.
Drying and Shrinkage: Reported to air-dry slowly with a marked tendency to check. Kiln schedule T3-C2 is suggested for 4/4 stock and T3-C1 for 8/4. Shrinkage values similar to other American rosewoods which are unusually low. Holds its place well after manufacturing.
Working Properties: Moderately difficult to saw and machine due to its hardness, dulls cutting edges; tends to ride over cutters. Excellent for turning and finishes well if not too oily.
Durability: Heartwood is highly durable, reported to be moderately resistant to termites.
Preservation: No data available.
Uses: Parts of musical instruments including percussion bars
of xylophones, veneers for fine furniture and cabinets, brush backs, knife
handles, fine turnery, many specialty items.
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