Jatoba (Hymenaea, courbaril)
Similiar Woods: Teak, Goncalo Alves
Trade Names: Jatoba, Courbaril, West Indian Locust, Jatar Vermehlo
Origin: Central & South America
Range: Mexico, Central America, South America, West Indies.
Uses: Joinery, turnery, furniture, cabinets, flooring, stains, boat, parts, tool handles, decorative veneers
Properties: The heartwood is red to orange brown with dark brown and russet streaks. The wood is strong and durable. Has interlocking grain with a relatively course texture.
Machining: A difficult wood to work having a dulling effect on cutting tools.
Seasoning: Difficult to dry. Must be dried slowly due to tendencies of warping and checking.