Bubinga

Guibourtia demeusei

Appearance

Bubinga

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Pink, red or red/brown with purple streaks or veins; changes from pinkish rose when freshly milled to burgundy red when aged.

Grain: Fine; straight or interlocked, can be highly figured.

Species & Grade Variations: Quartered exhibits flame figure; flatsawn has rosewood graining.

Properties

Hardness (Janka): 2690 (109% harder than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Average (8.4; 2% more stable than Northern red oak).

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Saws and planes well.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if correct sanding sequence is followed.

Suggested Sequence:

  • First Cut: 50 at a 7-15 degree angle with the grain
  • Second Cut: 60 or 80 straight with the grain
  • Third Cut: 100
  • Hard Plate: 100
  • First Screen: 80
  • Second Screen: 100 or 120

Nailing: Tends to split tongues. Pre-drilling and hand-nailing may be preferred.

Finishing: Test all products before using them on the actual floor. Oil-modified finished will require a lengthy dry time. (See finishing comments on page 6.)

Comments: Dust has been known to cause contact dermatitis.

Origin

Africa

Availability

Limited availability.