Dabema or Dohoma Wood
Origin Name: African
Hard Wood Lumber
Characteristics of Dabema or Dohoma Wood
Colour | Appearance:
The sapwood is pale pink to gray-red in color, and is distinct from the heartwood. The heartwood varies from light to dark brown, and is often a uniform yellow-orange to light-brown.
Grain | Texture:
The grain is typically interlocked, producing an attractive stripe figure on quarter sawn surfaces.
The heartwood is reported to be naturally resistant to decay, but it is susceptible to attack by pinhole borers and moderately resistant to termite attack. The sapwood is susceptible to attack by powder post beetles.
Planing properties are rated as generally good, but a reduced cutting angle of 15 degrees is recommended in planning interlocked material. The wood glues satisfactorily.
The wood gives off an unpleasant odor when freshly cut. Odor may be detectable when the wood is re-wetted.
Dabema wood is not listed in the CITES Appendices.
Heavy construction, wharf decking, flooring.
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