Morado » Machaerium scleroxylon

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


Fine to medium texture. Sometimes sold as a substitute for Brazilian Rosewood or named Bolivian Rosewood and Santos Rosewood. Hard, but works pretty well: easy on the cutters, does not splinter, etc. Very durable and gorgeous. Dust may be an irritant to some people.
color of Morado

Color Range

Dark violet brown or a lighter tan brown with dark streaks and stripes - somewhat rosewood like.
other names for Morado

Other Names

Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood, Caviuna, Jacaranda pardo, Pau Ferro
uses for Morado

Some Typical Uses

Musical instruments, furniture, cabinets, flooring, turning, accessories.
the Morado tree

What's the Tree Like?

Mid-sized, rarely large. The Morado tree grows in Latin America
map of where this wood grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
23.46% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
51.94% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
32.81% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Morado:

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Morado Hardwood Sample

Morado Hardwood Sample

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