Scientific name: Guibourtia spp

Other names: English: Bubinga

Geographic origin: Africa.


&;8226; Sapwood: reddish white.
&;8226; Heartwood: reddish grey to red.
&;8226; Fiber: straight, slightly intertwined.
&;8226; Grain: thin.



&;8226; Furniture, interior and exterior cabinet work. Bent and turned furniture.
&;8226; Interior carpentry, doors, stairs, paneling, parquet flooring, molding, baseboards, friezes.
&;8226; Exterior carpentry, doors, windows.
&;8226; Decorative panels.

Capacity of being impregnated

&;8226; Sapwood: capable of being impregnated.
&;8226; Heartwood: no capable of being impregnated.


&;8226; Sawing process: high power is required but with no other difficulties.
&;8226; Drying process: slow, high risk of crack formation.
&;8226; Planing process: difficult due to hardness, although risk of repelling only appears on pieces of intertwined fibers.
&;8226; Gluing process: no difficulties.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: pre-drilling is required due to its hardness.
&;8226; Finish: no difficulties.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 910 kg/m3 very heavy wood.
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.47 % nervous wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.62% no tendency to deformity.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 8.4 very hard wood.


Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 1,560 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Elasticity module 171,000 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to compression 720 kg/cm2.