Chechem // Metopium browneii

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Chechem lumber wood, Metopium browneii lumber for woodworking
"A remarkably pretty wood with lots of variation and character. Texture is fine and uniform, pores barely visible; grain often interlocked. The wood works with some difficulty due to its hardness and density, and sharp tools must be used. Easy to finish and takes an excellent polish."
color of Chechem
Color Range
Dark reddish brown to golden brown or tan with lots of variation and alternating color.
other names for Chechem
Other Names
Black poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood, Chechem, Chechem negro, Chechen, Poisontree, Rosewood
uses for Chechem
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, flooring, turnery, accessories, musical instruments, small parts, cutting boards, picture frames, jewelry boxes
the Chechem tree
What's the Tree Like?
Medium trees reaching up to 50 feet in height with a diameter of 18-24". Sap is said to be caustic and should be avoided, but the wood is not poisonous
Chechem grows in Latin America
map of where Chechem grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
32.68% 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
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak