Guatambu » Balfourodendron riedelianum

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


The wood is usually compared with Hard Maple for workability; however Guatambu is more yellow. Generally straight grain, dense with fine, uniform texture that works beautifully and even carves like a charm. Can be worked without much difficulty. Excellent turning wood. Very strong with excellent wear properties.
color of Guatambu

Color Range

Cream to lemon yellow.
other names for Guatambu

Other Names

Guatambu, Guatambu blanco, Ivorywood, Marfim, Pau liso, Pau marfim
uses for Guatambu

Some Typical Uses

Bent Parts, Boat building, Bobbins, Cabinetmaking, Canoes, Carvings, Chairs, Chests, Concealed parts (Furniture), Decorative plywood, Decorative veneer, Desks, Dining-room furniture, Domestic flooring, Dowell pins, Dowells, Drawer sides, Excelsior, Figured veneer, Fine furniture, Floor lamps, Flooring, Furniture , Furniture components, Furniture squares or stock, Handles, Hatracks, Interior construction, Interior trim, Joinery, Kitchen cabinets, Lifeboats, Living-room suites, Marquetry, Moldings, Office furniture, Paneling , Parquet flooring, Plywood, Radio, stereo, TV cabinets, Rustic furniture, Shafts/Handles, Shipbuilding, Shuttles, Spindles, Spools, Stair rails, Stairworks, Stools, Stringers, Sub-flooring, Tables , Textile equipment, Tool handles, Turnery, Utility furniture, Veneer, Wainscotting, Wardrobes, Woodwork
the Guatambu tree

What's the Tree Like?

With a maximum height of about 80 feet and diameters up to 30", the tree is not large. It produces a well formed bole up to 30 feet. The Guatambu tree grows in Latin America
map of where this wood grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
16.48% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
73.64% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
25.00% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Guatambu:

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Guatambu Hardwood Sample

Guatambu Hardwood Sample

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