The heartwood is orangey yellow brown to red brown with darker veins and sometimes an oily surface. The sapwood is clearly demarcated. The grain is straight and the texture is fine. The grain is sometimes wavy.
The blunting effect is fairly high; peeling is not recommended or without interest and slicing is reported to be good. Requires power. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Tends to split in nailing. Gluing is correct. It dries slowly and must be dried slowly and carefully to avoid pockets moisture. Initial surface drying prior to kiln drying is recommended.
Niove is very durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood). Presence of transition wood with a lower durability.
Niove can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. panelling, flooring, stairs, seats, high class furniture, joinery, sliced veneer, industrial or heavy flooring
• exterior: e.g. ship building, panelling, bridges, joinery, heavy carpentry, vehicle or container flooring, sleepers
As the wood presents different colours, it is recommended to discolour the surface.
• CIRAD Forestry Department
Menga-menga, Niove, Oropa, Kamashi, M'bonda, M'boun, Bokapi, Molanga, Susumenga,
Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Interior joinery, Sliced veneer, Current furniture or furniture components, Seats, Ship building (planking and deck), Interior panelling, Exterior panelling, Vehicle or container flooring, Bridges (Parts in contact with water or ground), Resistant to one or several acids, Exterior joinery, Stairs (inside), Flooring, Turned goods, Ship building (ribs), Heavy carpentry, Industrial or heavy flooring, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Hydraulic works (fresh water), Sleepers,
|Commercial restriction:||No commercial restriction|
|IUCN Red List status:|
|Typical colour:||Red Brown|
|Crushing strength:||88 (+/- 10) MPa|
|Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):||0,88 (+/- 0,06) |
|Static bending strength:||151 (+/- 23) MPa|
|Dry wood borers:||Class D - Durable - sapwood demarcated|
|Fungi:||Class 1 - Very durable|
|Termites:||Class D - Durable|
|Treatability:||Class 4 - Not permeable|
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 , with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts , CIRAD .
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