Botanical Name: Testulea gabonensis
Other Common Names: Akewe, Ake, Isombe, Izombe, N'Gwaki, N'komi, Ngron, Rone
Common Uses: Cabinetmaking, Carvings, Decorative veneer, Domestic flooring, Furniture , Interior trim, Joinery, Paneling , Turnery, Windows, Bedroom suites, Building materials, Chairs, Chests, Clogs, Concealed parts (Furniture), Desks, Dining-room furniture, Dowell pins, Dowells, Drawer sides, Excelsior, Figured veneer, Fine furniture, Floor lamps, Flooring, Furniture components, Furniture squares or stock, Hatracks, Interior construction, Kitchen cabinets, Living-room suites, Millwork, Moldings, Office furniture, Parquet flooring, Radio, stereo, TV cabinets, Rustic furniture, Stools, Sub-flooring, Tables , Trimming, Utility furniture, Veneer, Wainscotting, Wardrobes, Woodwork
Country: Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
Blunting effect on cutting tools is reported to be slight.
Cutting Resistance: Cutting resistance is reported to be small.
Planing: The timber is reported to be rather easy to work with all types of tools, and planing properties are generally good.
Turning: The material turns readily to yield clean surfaces.
Moulding: The wood responds well to ordinary machine tools in moulding operations.
Boring: Boring qualities are rated as good, and bored surfaces are usually clean.
Routing & Recessing: The material routs rather well.
Mortising: The wood responds well to mortising operations with ordinary machine tools.
Carving: Carving properties are reported to be good.
Gluing: The wood is reported to glue well.
Nailing: Nailing properties are rated as generally good.
Screwing: The wood has good screwing properties.
Sanding: Sanding characteristics are reported to be good, and sanded surfaces are usually clean and smooth.
Polishing: The wood has good polishing characteristics.
Staining: The wood is reported to have good staining properties.
Steam Bending: Steam bending properties are rated as moderate.
Response to Hand Tools: The timber is reported to be easy to work with hand tools.