Rosewood – New Guinea

Brown Timber Species

Species Name: New Guinea Rosewood

Botanical name(s): Pterocarpus indicus

Size and location information: Medium sized hardwood in South East Asia, Philippines, Solomon Islands.

Description: Heartwood is golden brown to dark blood red. Sapwwod pale yellow.

Density: Dry: 625kg/m3

Shrinkage: 1% Radial, 2% tangential

Durability: In ground: Class 2 Above ground: Class 1

Lyctids Susceptibility: Yes

Termite Resistance (AS3660): Yes

Strength Group: S4/SD5

Saws readily, Easy to bore, Turns easily, Glues satisfactorily, Screws well, Nails satisfactorily, Moulds well.

Furniture, cabinet work, joinery, riffle butts, boat building, veneer, plywood, decorative panelling, knife handles,
Carpentry levels,drawing instruments, turnery, flooring, musical instruments.


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