Marblewood, Angelim Rajado

Scientific name:  Zygia racemosa (syn. Marmaroxylon racemosum)

Description:  Heartwood is yellow to golden brown, with irregular brown, purple, or black streaks. Paler sapwood is about one inch thick and is solid yellow, lacking the contrasting streaks found in the heartwood.  Grain tends to be straight or slightly interlocked; texture is medium with open pores.

Properties:  Tends to be difficult to work on account of its high density. Marblewood can have a moderate to severe blunting effect on tool cutters. Glues, turns, and finishes well—though there is a high risk of checking and resin oozing during drying.

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