Katalox » Swartzia cubensis

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


Expect a hard, yet extraordinarily beautiful wood. It's tight grained and dense which makes it wonder to polish in highly decorative projects. Freshly cut the wood is a deep vivid purple, but with a finish it will change to coffee-brown color
color of Katalox

Color Range

The heartwood is a dark purple brown that oxidizes to nearly black. The sapwood is a pale white to yellow color.
other names for Katalox

Other Names

Mexican ebony, Katalox, Royal Ebony
uses for Katalox

Some Typical Uses

Musical instruments, drumsticks, inlay, accents, handles, turnings, boxes, furniture parts
the Katalox tree

What's the Tree Like?

Usually a shorter tree that matures to 100 feet tall, twisted or crooked, and up to 36" in diameter The Katalox tree grows in Latin America


lbs /Bd. Ft.
67.60% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
182.95% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
75.00% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Katalox:

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 7/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak