Chichipate lumber wood, Sweetia panamensis lumber for woodworking

Chichipate // Sweetia panamensis

Expect a finely textured wood with subtle striping and warm brown color. Approximately as hard as American walnut. Chichipate also comes from sustainably managed forests.
color of Chichipate
Color Range
Olive brown with a tinge of reddish bronze
other names for Chichipate
Other Names
Bilihuete, Chichipate, Coyote, Guayacan, Huesillo, Palo de Vaca
uses for Chichipate
Some Typical Uses
Bridge construction, Heavy construction, Flooring, Parquet flooring, Sculpture, Interior trim, Veneer, Railroad cars, Bridge beams, Bridge joists, Building construction, Building materials, Cabin construction, Construction, Core Stock, Decorative veneer, Domestic flooring, Factory construction, Factory flooring, Figured veneer, Interior construction, Millwork, Mine timbers, Moldings, Plain veneer, Sub-flooring, Trimming, Wainscotting, Woodwork
the Chichipate tree
What's the Tree Like?
Fairly large tree that matures to 125 feet, 30" to 48" diameter. Irregularly shaped, but clear of branches.
Chichipate grows in Central America
map of where Chichipate grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
42.46% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
35.66% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
23.44% 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