Monkey Pod » Pithecellobium saman

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

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.
Monkey Pod grows in Latin America

map of where Monkey Pod grows
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.
Weight

3.5

lbs /Bd. Ft.
-2.23% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

920

Janka Rating
-28.68% softer than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.51

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


Monkey Pod Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

Monkey Pod Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

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