Scientific name: Afzelia spp

Other names: English: Doussie

Geographic origin: Africa


&;8226; Sapwood: yellowish white colour.
&;8226; Heartwood: reddish brown.
&;8226; Fiber: straight, occasionally slightly wavy.
&;8226; Grain: medium size.



&;8226; Interior and exterior furniture.
&;8226; Interior carpentry, doors, stairs, paneling, molding, baseboad, friezes, parquet flooring.
&;8226; Exterior carpentry, doors and windows.
&;8226; Interior and exterior carpentry.
&;8226; Decorative panels.
&;8226; Cooperage.

Capacity of being impregnated

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


&;8226; Sawing process: ordinary difficulties due to hardness.
&;8226; Drying process: quite slow. Low risk of deformation and crack formation.
&;8226; Planing process: easy. Risk of repelling on intertwined fibers.
&;8226; Gluing process: no difficulties.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: pre-drilling is required due to hardness.
&;8226; Finish: rubber deposits can locally hamper varnish adherence.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 790 kg/m3 heavy wood.
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.34% highly stable wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.4% no tendency to deformity.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 7.4 hardwood.


Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 1,730 kg/cm2 .
&;8226; Elasticity module 137,000 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to compression 740 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to parallel traction 1,200 kg/cm2.



It is recommened not to use the Sapwood.