Osage, Argentine Osage Orange
OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Osage, Argentine Osage Orange, Fustic
Osage is commonly used for turnery, flooring, furniture and specialty wood craft items.
Central America, South America
Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)
AVG BENDING STRENGTH:
Argentine Osage Orange, as its name suggests, exhibits a golden, bright yellow, almost orange color, darkening with age and exposure to a medium brownish tone.
The grain on Osage lumber is straight to interlocked.
Fine to medium texture with closed pores.
Low dimensional movement is reported on properly seasoned wood.
Osage exhibits a high level of durability and is highly resistant to decay and insects.
Osage can be rather difficult to work, due to its hardness and density. Some blunting is to be expected.
Moderately resistant to sawing operations.
Osage Orange requires sharp tools and controlled feed rates due to its extreme hardness.
Osage turns well, assuming controlled speeds and sharp cutting tools.
Somewhat difficult but easier with very sharp bits and machine tools.
Satisfactory results have been reported regarding Osage’s gluing properties.
Difficult to nail, pre-drilling is highly recommended.
Good screw holding characteristics, better with pre-boring.
Takes stains very well although oil-based finishes are not recommended due to the possibility of color changes within the finished wood.