Iroko Wood log, also known as African teak Lumber is a dense African log with the properties of genuine teak. It is lighter in color than teak and finishes to a golden brown. Iroko wood is tan to golden brown, very durable in the outdoors, used in the boating industry, and does blunts tools because of its hardness.
Iroko Wood Log is used in boat building, piling and marine work, domestic flooring, furniture, veneer, railroad crossties, cabinetwork, shop fittings and joinery. Iroko wood is often suggested as a Teak look-alike, although precaution should be taken as it is not related to Teak.
Scientific Name: Milicia excelsa, M. regia (syn. Chlorophora excelsa, C. regia)
Origin: Tropical Africa
Appearance: Heartwood varies from a pale yellowish brown to dark chocolate brown with lighter markings most conspicuous on flat-sawn surfaces; sapwood is yellowish white and clearly demarcated. Texture medium to coarse; grain typically interlocked, sometimes irregular occasional large “Å“stone” deposits of calcium carbonate
Density: Janka scale hardness is 1260 for dry material
Weight: 43 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 3.6 lbs. per board foot
Drying: Dries rapidly with little or no degrade
Workability: Works fairly easily with hand or machine tools but with some tearing of interlocked grain; occasional deposits of calcium carbonate severely damage cutting edges; good nailing and gluing characteristics; moderate steam-bending properties
Durability: Heartwood is very durable and is resistant to termite and marine borer attack as well. Sapwood liable to powder-post beetle attack
Preservation: Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservative treatments; sapwood permeable.
Finishing: Finishes well, can cause dermatitis in working wet wood