Monkey Pod » Pithecellobium saman

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


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. The Monkey Pod tree grows in Latin America
map of where this wood 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)

Woodworking with Monkey Pod:

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

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Monkey Pod Hardwood Sample

Monkey Pod Hardwood Sample

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