Woodcraft Woodshop - Lignum Vitae 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 18"
One of thehardest and heaviest woods, Lignum Vitae has heartwood that is darkgreenish-brown to almost black and sharply demarcated from the pale yellow orcream-colored sapwood. Texture is very...
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One of the
hardest and heaviest woods, Lignum Vitae has heartwood that is dark
greenish-brown to almost black and sharply demarcated from the pale yellow or
cream-colored sapwood. Texture is very fine; grain is strongly interlocked; a
slight scent is evident when warmed or rubbed. It has a characteristic oily
feel due to the resin content that may be as high as one-fourth of the air-dry
weight. Owing to the self-lubricating properties of the wood, it is used for
ship’s propeller bushings and bearings, marine equipment, wheels and rollers.
Somewhat difficult to work with hand or machine tools, the wood turns and
shapes well and takes a high polish. Because of oily resins, it requires
special surface treatments for satisfactory gluing. Native to Central America.
- Genuine Lignum