Chakte Viga // Caesalpinia platyloba

Chakte Viga lumber wood, Caesalpinia platyloba lumber for woodworking
"Nice orange color that deepens with age and exposure. Moderately hard but a joy to work despite a slight odor when working. Similar to Birch in hardness, workability, and texture."
color of Chakte Viga
Color Range
Bright orange to deep russett
other names for Chakte Viga
Other Names
Paela, Fernambuco, Orangeheart, Orange Heart
uses for Chakte Viga
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, inlay, cutting boards, flooring, turnings, small parts, knife handles, segmented turnings, picture frames


lbs /Bd. Ft.
51.12% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
113.18% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
28.12% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak