Satinwood, Ceylon Satinwood, East Indian Satinwood

Scientific name:  Chloroxylon swietenia

Description:  Heartwood ranges from light to golden yellow, to orangish-brown. Whitish-yellow sapwood generally paler than heartwood, but not always clearly demarcated from heartwood. Frequently seen with a mottled or rippled grain pattern, resembling ripples in satin fabric, lending to its name “satinwood”.  Grain is interlocked, producing an attractive mottle figure, as well as striped patterns on quartersawn surfaces. Texture is fine and even, with a very high natural lustre.

Properties:  Difficult to work on account of its high density and interlocked grain. Most surfacing and planing operations result in tearout, especially on quartersawn surfaces. Gives a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Turns superbly. Glues and finishes well—able to take a high natural polish.