Goncalo Alves » Astronium fraxinifolium

Why Goncalo Alves?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood

Hard and heavy, of course. The fine texture and takes a glass-like finish, and is celebrated for it. While it's difficult to work due to tension in the wood, Goncalo Alves makes a fine lathe wood in addition to being quite durable and weather resistant. Tables and larger projects always look impressive when made from Goncalo.
Goncalo Alves grows in Latin America

map of where Goncalo Alves grows
color of Goncalo Alves
Color Range
Light butterscotch brown to reddish brown with blackish brown streaks.
other names for Goncalo Alves
Other Names
Bois de zebra, Bossona, Bototo, Coubaril, Gateado, Gomavel, Goncalo alves, Guarabu bata, Guarabu, encirado, Guarabu rajado, Gusanero, Jejuira, Kingwood, Locustwood, Muiracatiara, Mura, Muira, Muiraquatiara, Mura, Rajado branco, Red astronium, Robel gatea, Tigerwood
uses for Goncalo Alves
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, tool handles, bowls, desks, marine construction, small accessories.
the Goncalo Alves tree
What's the Tree Like?
Grows to a height of 100 feet with a long straight trunk about 36" in diameter.
Weight

6.42

lbs /Bd. Ft.
79.33% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2250

Janka Rating
74.42% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.91

Specific Gravity
42.19% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Goncalo Alves:

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 1/10
Red Oak


Goncalo Alves Hardwood Sample

Goncalo Alves Hardwood Sample


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Goncalo Alves Pen Blanks

Goncalo Alves Pen Blanks

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Goncalo Alves (Plain) Turning Squares: 1.5" x 1.5" x 30''

Goncalo Alves (Plain) Turning Squares: 1.5" x 1.5" x 30''

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