An extremely heavy wood that shows low linear shrinkage and moderately stable volumetric shrinkage. Mechanical resistance is very high. Difficult to saw due to its hardness and interlocked grain. Air Drying is uniform and quick. Kiln Drying is easy with a mild 10 day drying program. It is resistant to decay, fungi, insect attach, and does not need to be preserved.
Appearance: Reddish Chestnut to dark Chestnut color with well defined or golden brown and purplish streaks. Grain is straight to interlocked. Low to medium gloss. Distinctive fragrance.
Working Properties: Tungsten Carbide Tools recommended. Pre-drilling is usually required.
Another ecological advantage of Almendro is that it is naturally class “A” fire-resistance. Elevating its ability to resist flames to the same level as metal or concrete.
It is only located in the southern Nicaragua area, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia, where it grows primarily in the lowlands of the Atlantic plains.
These beautiful brown tones and rich exotic graining, Almendro siding is a perfect option to consider for your rain screen system. Its strong qualities come from the natural oils in the grain of the wood and the highly concentrated density levels that it contains.
With the high shock resistance of Almendro comes the advantage of it standing up to the high traffic of kids, dogs and even high heeled pumps. Many experts consider its abilities as a decking material to be unmatched by even Teak, but for lower price.
Its one of the densest and hardest timbers available, along with its low maintenance qualities, highly termite resistant attributes and impermeable surface it has unparalleled advantages for exterior projects. The popularity of indoor/outdoor kitchens have blurred the boundaries of dining alfresco as this timber is equally beautiful indoors and outdoors.
|Density (kg/m3 dry)||1130||Hardness (Janka) (kN)||14.8||Resistance to split in nailing||Good|
|Specific gravity||0.90||Finish||Excellent||Resistance to split and screwing||Good|
|Modulus of rapture (Mpa dry)||175||Stability||Good||Gluing||Difficult|
|Modulus of elasticy (Mpa dry)||22||Crushing Strength (Mpa dry)||95.5||Durable||High|
|Radial shrinkage %||5||Sapwood Lyctid Susceptible||No||Trees||25-35 year old|
|Tangential shrinkage %||8||Machining||Hard||Round logs||Girth of 50-150 cm|
|Volumetric %||12.6||T/R Ratio||1.5||Growing regoin||Central and South America|