Cocobolo » Dalbergia retusa
Cocobolo Wood CharacteristicsHard 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 RangeVariegated orange, yellow dark red with irregular black stripes.
Other NamesCocobolo, Nicaraguan rosewood, Granadillo, Jacarandaholz, Palisander, Palissandro, Nambar, Rosewood, Pau preto Urauna, Palo negro, Funera, Cocobolo prieto, Palisandre
Some Typical UsesTurnings, handles, musical instruments, inlay, fine accessories, jewelry, accents, some furniture parts, flooring.
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
5.67lbs /Bd. Ft.
58.38% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
1136Janka Rating (?)
-11.94% softer than red oak(1290 lbf)
1.00Specific Gravity (?)
56.25% more dense than red oak (.64)
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