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Danta

Danta

(Nesogordonia papaverifera.)

Description

A reddish brown hardwood from West Africa.  Has an interlocked grain and sometimes feels a bit greasy.  Can show small pin knots and borer holes.  

Workability

Straight grain boards work quite well.  The interlocked grain can cause some problems and increase the sanding required. 

Applications

A very good furniture timber though can move around a bit

Availability

Generally available in 25, 38 and 50mm thick. Boards up to 300mm wide are not uncommon.

Hardness

740Kg/m3 Not particularly hard.

Durability

Heartwood is durable.

At a Glance
Turning:   Excellent
Machining:   Difficult on some boards.
Bending:   Average
Sanding:   Excellent.
Nailing/Screwing:   Excellent.
Glueing:   Good.
Timber Coating:   Accepts most finishes very well.
Oil:   Fantastic with an oil finish.
Note 1   An excellent cabinet timber though take care with timber movement.
Note 2  

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