Bubinga is medium red-brown with lighter red to purple veining. Grain is straight to interlocked. It's texture moderately coarse but even. Weight varies from about 50lbs to 60lbs per cu. ft.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Africa, Central Africa
African Rosewood, Essingang, Buvenga
Low steam bending characteristics and exudation of gum pockets can be troublesome.
Works easily with hand or power tools. Reduced cutting angle recommended for interlocked grain. Moderate to severe blunting of cutters. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Gluing can be difficult due to gum pockets. Stains easily and can be brought to an excellent finish.
Moderately durable. Susceptible to attack by common furniture beetle. Heartwood is resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.
Bubinga dries easily with little degradation, although it will exude gum. Stable in use.
Bubinga wood is primarily used as a veneer for cabinetwork, furniture, and paneling. Also used for knife handles, and fancy goods.
Rotary cut veneer is known as "Kevasingo" and has wild, swirling, veined figure.