Monkey Pod lumber wood, Pithecellobium saman lumber for woodworking

Monkey Pod // Pithecellobium saman

Wavy, interlocked grain with a coarse texture. Light, soft, and easily worked, but the interlocked grain may cause tear-out or wooly surfaces. Takes an excellent finish but requires filling for a smooth surface.
color of Monkey Pod
Color Range
Boards often feature a variety of color (not uniform) from medium leathery brown to dark chocolate brown
other names for Monkey Pod
Other Names
Algarrobo, Algarrobo de pais, Arbre a pluie, Campano, Carabali, Carreto, Cenicero, Cow tamrind, Dormilon, French tamarind, Genizaro, Giant tibet, Gouannegoul, Guango, Huacamayo chico, Lara, Monkey Pod, Raintree, Rain tree
uses for Monkey Pod
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, turning.
the Monkey Pod tree
What's the Tree Like?
A rather gigantic tree that may reach 100-125 feet tall with a trunk 36-48" in diameter. Boles are short, thick, and often crooked.
Monkey Pod grows in Latin America
map of where Monkey Pod grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
-2.23% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-28.68% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
-20.31% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak