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Cocobolo (Botanical: Dalbergia retusa)

Information to help you make woodworking projects with Cocobolo - all products are listed at bottom
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Cocobolo By The Numbers:

5.67
lbs per board foot
Red Oak weighs 3.58 /BF
58.38% heavier than red oak
1136
Janka Hardness Rating (lbs-force) (?)
Red Oak is 1290
-11.94% softer than red oak
1.00
Specific Gravity (?)
Red Oak is .64
56.25% more dense than red oak

Cocobolo Compared to Red Oak:

General
Workability
Nice
Difficult




Wood
Texture
Fine
Coarse




Ease of
Finishing
Easy
Difficult




woodworking characteristics

Cocobolo Wood Characteristics

Hard and heavy for sure, but machines and turns nicely. Finishes very smoothly, partly because oils in the wood produce a natural polish; however that may cause adhesion problems with lacquer or urethane finishes. The tree is small and irregular, so boards are also (generally speaking) small.
color of Cocobolo

Color Range

Variegated orange, yellow dark red with irregular black stripes.
other names for Cocobolo

Other Names

Cocobolo, Nicaraguan rosewood, Granadillo, Jacarandaholz, Palisander, Palissandro, Nambar, Rosewood, Pau preto Urauna, Palo negro, Funera, Cocobolo prieto, Palisandre
uses for Cocobolo

Some Typical Uses

Turnings, handles, musical instruments, inlay, fine accessories, jewelry, accents, some furniture parts, flooring.
the Cocobolo tree

What's the Tree Like?

A rather small to medium tree that matures to heights about 45-60 feet. Trunks are 18-24'' but form poorly with odd shape. The Cocobolo tree grows in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
map of where this wood grows

Cocobolo Lumber Products for Sale with Prices