Chechem » Metopium browneii

Why Chechem?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics

Character

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 The Chechem tree grows in Latin America
map of where this wood grows
Weight

4.75

lbs /Bd. Ft.
32.68% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2200

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

0.74

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

Woodworking with Chechem:

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak


Chechem Hardwood Sample

Chechem Hardwood Sample

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Chechem 4/4 Lumber

Chechem 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Chechem 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet

Chechem 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet of Lumber

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Chechem 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

Chechem 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber


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Chechem Pen Blanks

Chechem Pen Blanks

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Chechem Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18''

Chechem Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18''


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Chechem Bowl Blanks: 3" x 6" x 6''

Chechem Bowl Blanks: 3" x 6" x 6''


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Chechem Bowl Blanks: 3" x 8" x 8''

Chechem Bowl Blanks: 3" x 8" x 8''


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Chechem Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12''

Chechem Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12''


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Chechem Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30''

Chechem Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30''


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3/4 Curly Chechem, Unique Item # 3915

3/4 Curly Chechem, Unique Item # 3915


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3/4 Curly Chechem, Unique Item # 3916

3/4 Curly Chechem, Unique Item # 3916


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3/4 Curly Sappy Chechem, Unique Item # 3917

3/4 Curly Sappy Chechem, Unique Item # 3917


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3/4 Crazy Grain Chechem, Unique Item # 3918

3/4 Crazy Grain Chechem, Unique Item # 3918


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3/4 Crazy Grain Chechem, Unique Item # 3919

3/4 Crazy Grain Chechem, Unique Item # 3919


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3/4 Crazy Grain Chechem, Unique Item # 3920

3/4 Crazy Grain Chechem, Unique Item # 3920


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