Blackwood Australian lumber wood, Acacia melanoxylon lumber for woodworking

Blackwood Australian // Acacia melanoxylon

Also called Black Wattle. Fine texture, straight grain. Machining characteristics are good, but irregular sections should be machined with care and attention. Takes an excellent finish. Very similar to Koa.
color of Blackwood Australian
Color Range
Heartwood is golden to dark brown with a slight reddish tinge and regular dark chocolate brown splotches.
other names for Blackwood Australian
Other Names
Acacia, Black wattle, Wattle
uses for Blackwood Australian
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, gunstocks, decorative veneers, cabinetry, interior woodwork, musical instruments
the Blackwood Australian tree
What's the Tree Like?
Grows to 80 feet high and a diameter of about 60 inches.
Blackwood Australian grows in Australia
map of where Blackwood Australian grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
-6.98% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-14.73% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
3.13% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak