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Heartwood of Afrormosiais typically a yellowish brown, occasion will have an either reddish or olive hue. Color tends to darken with age. Narrow sapwood is pale yellow and is clearly differentiated from the heartwood. The grain is usually straight, though it can also be interlocked. With a fine uniform texture and good natural luster. Afrormosia is rated as very durable regarding decay resistance, and is also resistant to termites and other insects.
Afrormosia's Janka hardness is 1570. It is about three and a half percent harder than Canarywood, about nineteen percent harder than Ash,approximately twenty two percent softer than Merbau and about sixty two percent softer than Brazilian Teak also known as Cumaru.
Afrormosia has a distinct odor while being worked. In nearly all regards, Afrormosia is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though surfacing boards with interlocking grain may cause tearout. Other downsides include a slight blunting effect on cutting edges, and the development of dark stains if left in contact with iron in damp conditions. Afrormosia turns, glues, stains, and finishes well. This wood is commonly used for boatbuilding, veneer, flooring, and furniture.