Figured Macore

Tieghemella africana

Trade Names

Figured Macore, Figured Douka

Similar Woods

Moabi, Macore

Origin

Africa

Range

West Africa, from Cameroon through Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Congo, lower tropical rain forests.

Uses

Sliced veneer for faces, furniture, paneling, parquet flooring. Only Figured Douka is used for slicing. Plain Douka is not in demand and is used at most as rotary wood for plywood. Douka is to be seen as a substitute wood for Macore.

Properties

Macore is very often figured and frequently striped, wavy, moiré or flamed. The color ranges from light red to reddish-brown. It must be cut when hot which means careful, intensive cooking is necessary.

Machining

Working presents no special problems but should be carried out at a low feed speed due to the interlocked spiral grain. Moreover, tool blades become quickly dull as a result of silicate deposits.

Seasoning

There are no difficulties to seasoning or drying this wood. It must only be carried out slowly and controlled to prevent deformation.

Finishing

Varnishing presents no problems but a filler should be used.

Jointing

The wood glues easily. Screw and nail joints hold firmly. It is advantageous to pre-drill when using screws.
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