Agba Hardwood


Agba wood, also known as Gossweilerodendron balsamiferum (Legumiosae), is a highly sought-after timber with a wide range of uses. The heartwood is yellowish to pinkie-brown when first cut, but darkens to a brick red on exposure to light and air. The grain is normally straight or slightly wavy, but may occasionally be interlocked. The wood has a fine, even texture and is highly glossy, with some similarities to mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla). A broad striped figure can occasionally be found on quarter sawn surfaces, and resin pockets are fairly frequent. Agba is a versatile timber that can be used for furniture, joinery, flooring and much more. If currently available (from sustainable and legal sources), it is a great choice for any woodworking project.

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Also Called:
Nigerian Cedar, Tola Branca, Tola, N'Tola, Egba, White Tola, Emongi,

Durability Notes:
Agba wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Agba is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Agba - There is a slight tendency to warp and check, but generally it dries fairly easily. It can exude gum or oleoresin. Agba is stable after seasoning. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Agba bending strength and resistance to shock loads are low. Agba has medium crushing strength and very low stiffness. The wood has only a slight blunting effect on tools. Agba nails adequately and screws and glues well. It stains well once the grain has been filled and is capable of being polished to a shiny finish. Agba is unsuitable for contact with food due to the odour from resin.

Typical Uses:
Furniture-making, Flooring, Cabinetry, Exterior Siding, Mouldings, Joinery, Carvings, Musical Instruments.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Agba Wood

Is Agba a hardwood or a softwood? Agba is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Agba hardwood or softwood? - Agba is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Agba family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Agba? Agba can be described as brown, light brown, orange

Is Agba good for outdoor use? or is Agba good for exterior use? Agba is most suited for internal/interior use. Agba should not be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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