Uses: Furniture, cabinets, turnery, high-class joinery, interior fittings, laboratory benches, exterior joinery, framing for vehicles and carriages and in boat building large quantities of marine plywood are used. Selected logs are sliced for highly decorative veneers for coach and architectural panelling and for cabinetmaking and finished joinery
General Description: The heartwood colour varies from pink-red to blood red and red-brown. The grain is often straight but many figured logs have a decorative moiré or watered silk appearance, or a chequered mottle, sometimes with streaks of a darker colour. The surface is lustrous and the texture uniform and fine. It weighs about 620 kg/m³ (39 lb/ft³); specific gravity .62. Liable to blue stain if in contact with iron compounds in moist conditions.
The wood has medium bending and crushing strengths but low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Although the heartwood is suitable for steam bending of moderate curvature the sapwood will buckle or rupture.
Dries fairly rapidly but liable to twist a little or split around knots, otherwise little degrade. Small movement in service.
Very durable. Sapwood is liable to attack by powder post beetle. Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservation treatment and the sapwood moderately resistant.
Family Name: Sapotaceae
Latin Name: Tieghemella heckelii
Distribution: West Africa
Also known as: (1) makoré (Ivory Coast); baku, abaku (Ghana); agamokwe (Nigeria). (2) douka (Cameroon, Gabon); dumori (Ivory Coast).