Bocote lumber wood, Cordia elaeagnoides lumber for woodworking

Bocote // Cordia elaeagnoides

Bocote will blow your mind! The uniquely beautiful wood offers a bold yellow-ish color punctuated with intrepid dark brown grain that produces wild, natural high-contrast streaks. Bocote is hard and heavy, so it's a joy to polish and excellent to cut. Give it a simple clear finish for the best look in an awe-inspiring project. 
color of Bocote
Color Range
Greenish yellow to golden brown with dark stripes.
other names for Bocote
Other Names
Anacahuite, Bocote, Bois de rose, Canalete, Cordia- Light American, Cupane, Ecuador laurel, Laurel, Laurel de costa, Laurel negro, Peterebi, Salmwood, Siricote
uses for Bocote
Some Typical Uses
Cabinetmaking, musical instruments, Joinery, Turnings, Balusters, Bedroom suites, Chairs, Chests, Desks, Dowels, Drawer sides, Excelsior, Figured veneer, Flooring, Furniture components, Furniture squares or stock, Interior construction, Kitchen cabinets, Moldings, Office furniture, Parquet flooring, veneer, TV cabinets, Rustic furniture, Stairs, Stools, Tables, Trim, Utility furniture, Wardrobes
the Bocote tree
What's the Tree Like?
Small to medium sized tree sometimes 100 feet tall.
Bocote grows in Latin America
map of where Bocote grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
30.45% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
70.54% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
15.62% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak