Makore (Tieghemella heckelii)

Makore Wood Details (Know Your Wood)

Color/Appearance: Heartwood pink or reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of mild color variation. Yellowish sapwood can be two to three inches wide, and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Figured grain patterns (such as mottled or curly) are a common occurrence.

Workability: Generally easy to work, though sections with interlocked grain can cause tearout during planing or other machining operations. Makore will react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Makore also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters due to its high silica content. Besides this dulling effect, Makore turns well, and is easy to glue and finish. No characteristic odor.

Grain/Texture: Grain generally straight, though interlocked or wavy grain is sometimes present. Fine even texture with good natural luster.

Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; medium pores predominantly in radial multiples of 2-4; tyloses and other deposits present; growth rings indistinct; rays not visible without lens; parenchyma reticulate/banded.

Rot Resistance: Heartwood is very durable, and is also resistant to insect attack.

Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.

Comments: Also grouped with Makore is Tieghemella africana, sometimes called Douka. Both woods are used interchangeably. Makore is sometimes used in place of African Mhaogany (Khaya spp.), and has been sold under the trade name Cherry Mahogany, though the wood is not closely related to any of the species or genera in the mahogany (Meliaceae) family.

Makore (Tieghemella heckelii): Available in Logs/Customised Form

Product Details

Common Name(s):Makore

Scientific Name:Tieghemella heckelii, T. africana

Distribution:Western and Middle Africa (from Sierra Leone to Gabon)

Tree Size:180-200 ft (55-60 m) tall, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight:43 lbs/ft3 (685 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC):.55, .69

Janka Hardness:1,200 lbf (5,350 N)

Modulus of Rupture:16,330 lbf/in2 (112.6 MPa)

Elastic Modulus:1,552,000 lbf/in2 (10.71 GPa)

Crushing Strength:8,290 lbf/in2 (57.2 MPa)

Shrinkage:Radial: 5.5%, Tangential: 7.7%,

Volumetric: 12.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.4

Shipping Details

  • Available in Logs/Swan Boules/Lumber/Customised Form

  • Loading Port; Douala/Mombassa

  • Avg Lengh : – Around 12 Meter Max. (if loading is in containers)

  • One Container we can load around 19 to 22CBM.

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