OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Kingwood, Brazilian Kingwood, Jacaranda-Cega-Macho, Jacaranda-Violeta, Miolo-De-Negro, Pau-Violeta, Violet Wood, Violete, Violetta
Accent pieces, inlays and banding, veneers, small specialty items, turnery
Central America, South America
Kingwood sapwood is generally a pale yellowish color.
Kingwood’s heartwood typically ranges from a dark purple color to reddish brown, with dark almost black streaking.
Usually straight, occasionally interlocking.
Fine texture with small to medium pores.
Kingwood is reported to be very stable with little or no dimensional movement.
Very resistant to decay and insect attack.
Due to its high density and hardness, Kingwood exhibits an above-average blunting effect on cutting edges.
Somewhat resistant to cutting and sawing operations. Sharp blades are recommended.
Care must be taken to ensure sharp cutters, proper angles and appropriate feed rates in order to avoid tearout when planing Kingwood.
Kingwood is best suited for turning operations, resulting in clean smooth surfaces.
Somewhat resistant. Sharp tools are a must.
Kingwood can be somewhat difficult to glue, owing to the high volume of natural oils present in the wood.
Kingwood reportedly take a high polish.
For the most part, staining Kingwood is not recommended. It’s cost and natural beauty dictate nothing more than clear or natural fininshes.