Muiracatiara Rajada

Astronium lecointei Ducke

aderno-preto – baracatiara – gonçaleiro – maracatiara – muiracatiara – muiraquatiara (PA) – sanguessugueira (PA)

General Characteristics: heartwood pale pinkish brown to yellowish brown, becoming dark red after exposure to sun light, slightly distinct from the lighter sapwood. Figure with stripes of dark reddish brown to black. Grain wavy or slightly interlocked, texture medium to fine, luster moderate, not distinctive odor and slightly bitter taste.
Density: heavy wood, with density at 12% moisture content of 930 kg/m3 and green density of 1200 kg/m3.
Drying: air-dries very well, without defects. Kiln-dries rapidly, with a moderate tendency for pronounced checking.
Workability: easy to sand and bore, very easy to turn and regular to plane. Bad finishing in planing, regular in sanding and excellent in turning and boring. Good to saw, peel into veneer, glue, screw and very good to turn. Previous boring is advisable for nailing. Finishes well and gives a very lustrous surface.
Durability: very durable. Resistant to insects and dry-wood termites.
Preservation: heartwood not treatable with CCA-A, even with pressure-vacuum systems.
Uses: exterior and interior constructions, packaging, doors, fine furniture, tool handles, cabinet work, flooring, musical instruments, decorative objects and others.