What is Massaranduba Wood?
Massaranduba Wood (also spelled Macaranduba), also known as Brazilian Redwood, is a beautiful rich-looking alternative to Ipe. More fine-grained and uniformly colored, the light-reddish wood makes for an elegant deck. Widely used in Europe and South America, Massaranduba decking is knot-free, even-toned and low maintenance.
Massaranduba Wood (manilkara bidentata) is very smooth to the touch and shares many of the durable properties of Ipe. It is strong, hard and will also last many years in service. Massaranduba Wood is a natural hardwood so it is recyclable at the end of its service life.
- OTHER NAMES: Chicozapote (Mexico), Ausubo (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic), Nispero (Panama), Beefwood (Guyana), Bolletri (Surinam), Balata rouge (French Guiana), Macaranduba (Brazil)
- ORIGIN: Widely distributed throughout the West Indies, Central America, and northern South America; occurs in many forest types and not exacting as to soil or topography. Locally frequent.
- APPEARANCE: Heartwood light to dark reddish brown, distinct but not sharply demarcated from the whitish or pale brown sapwood. Texture fine and uniform; luster low to medium; grain straight to occasionally slightly wavy or interlocked; without distinctive odor or taste.
- DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 3190, making it extremely hard and durable
- WEIGHT: 66 lbs. / cu. ft.
- DRYING: Balata or Bulletwood is generally reported to be difficult wood to air-season, tending to develop severe checking and warp. however, if piled to assure a slow rate of drying, degrade can be kept to a minimum. A kiln schedule similar to T1-B1 has been suggested. Shrinkage green to ovendry: radial 6.3%; tangential 9.4%; volumetric 16.9%.
- WORKABILITY: The wood is moderately easy to work despite its high density, rated good to excellent in all operations. Gluing requires special care to acquire good bond. Steam-bending properties are rated excellent.
- DURABILITY: Very resistant to attack by decay fungi; highly resistant to subterranean termites and moderately resistant to dry-wood termites. Not resistant to marine borer attack.
- PRESERVATION: Has high resistance to absorption of moisture and is also highly resistant to preservation treatments.
- FINISHING: If left unfinished, like any other natural wood, Massaranduba will turn gray. Due to Massaranduba’s density, it is difficult for any finish treatment to penetrate the wood. Outside in the elements on a horizontal surface, caretakers can expect to regularly re-coat