Kwila is a high quality, strong and durable hardwood.The heartwood is yellowish-brown, brown or dark red, red-brown, turning to a dark red-brown with age. The wood is hard and heavy, the texture is moderately coarse but even and the grain may be straight or interlocked and is often wavy. Sulphur-yellow and dark colored deposits are characteristic of the species and can be commonly seen in the vessel cavities. timber 'bleeds' when wet producing dark-red brown stain.
Working Properties: Saws well, however, with the fairly high incidence gum, saws tend to become clogged. It planes well but there is tendency for the grain to tear out in quater-sawn material. The wood tends to split when nailing but holds screws well and can be stained and polished resonably well. However, patches of oil that exude may affect the finish. The yellow deposits are soluble in water and the dye produced does stain. If however, early attention is given to any staining it can generally be removed by scrubbing with milk or lactic acid.
Main uses: Landscaping & heavy construction, flooring, decking, exterior Joinery & construction, interior joinery & furniture and mouldings. Highly suitable for premium heavy construction due to its low shrinkage and durability.
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