Grown in: Central Africa.
Description: Bubinga, also known as African Rosewood, is a beautiful dense hardwood with a rose-colored background and darker purple striping. In the quartered figure, Bubinga exhibits considerable "flame" figure and in flat sawn offers "rosewood" graining.
Color Range: Bubinga is typically very uniform in color and graining.
Color Change: Bubinga undergoes a medium degree of color change, from a pinkish rose color when freshly milled to a burgundy red color when fully aged.
Where to Use: Bubinga may be used both residentially and commercially, wherever the rich reddish color and fine graining of Bubinga is desired.
The wood exerts moderate to severe blunting effect on cutters.
Cutting Resistance: Bubinga is hard and heavy, but it is reported to saw slowly but readily.
Planing: A reduced planing angle of 15 degrees is recommended to prevent irregular and interlocked grain from tearing or picking up.
Turning: The stock is reported to turn well, despite its hardness.
Moulding: The wood is reported to mould well, but irregular and interlocked grain may cause pick-up and tearing if cutting angles are not reduced to 15 degrees.
Boring: Boring properties are reported to be good.
Routing & Recessing: The wood routs and recesses generally well.
Mortising: The material is reported to respond well to mortising operations.
Carving: Carving properties are reported to be generally good.
Gluing: Gluing qualities are reported to be rather poor because of gum pockets.
Nailing: The timber is reported to take require pre-boring in nailing operations.
Screwing: Pre-boring required before screwing.
Sanding: The wood is reported to sand well.
Polishing: The wood is reported to take an excellent polish.