East Indian Rosewood » Dalbergia latifolia

Why East Indian Rosewood?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood

With good dimensional stability, this Rosewood has a dark color with a straight grain - which makes this a rather easy wood to work with. It's dense and tight grained, easy to finish.
East Indian Rosewood grows in Asia

map of where East Indian Rosewood grows
color of East Indian Rosewood
Color Range
Dark purple to dark brown with black lines
other names for East Indian Rosewood
Other Names
Bombay blackwood, East Indian rosewood, Indian palisandre, Indian rosewood, Java palisandre, Malabar, Shisham, Sitsal, Sonokeling
uses for East Indian Rosewood
Some Typical Uses
Cabinetmaking, Marquetry, Musical instruments, Tool handles, some furniture parts, decorative items.
the East Indian Rosewood tree
What's the Tree Like?
A straight trunk that's clear usually 30 to 50 feet. Overall height reaches 75 feet under normal conditions, but can be as tall as 100 feet. The diameter grows to 30 inches.
Weight

4.42

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

1720

Janka Rating
33.33% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.85

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

Woodworking with East Indian Rosewood:

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak