Avodire Hardwood


Avodire, also known by its botanical name Turraeanthus africanus (Meliaceae), is a creamy-white to pale yellow wood that darkens on exposure to a golden yellow. It has a good natural gloss and a fine, uniform texture, with a wavy or irregularly interlocked grain that can produce attractive striped, mottled, or curly figures. Avodire has hardly any or no separation between sapwood and heartwood, making it a versatile timber for a variety of uses, such as cabinetmaking, joinery, and shop fitting. If available from sustainable and legal sources, Avodire is a great choice for any woodworking project.

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Also Called:
Apeya, Enagen, Apapaye, Agbe, M'Fube, Esu, Wansenwa, African Satinwood,

Durability Notes:
Avodire wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Avodire 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; Avodire - must be dried carefully, otherwise it can warp, twist and cup. Avodire does, however, dry quickly. Shakes may lengthen on drying and some splitting can occur around knots. 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.

Avodire is of medium density and has generally poor steam-bending qualities. Avodire has very low stiffness and low resistance to shock loads. Avodire works well with both machine and hand tools. It has good gluing and screwing properties but pre-drilling is advisable for nailing. Avodire stains and finishes well, giving a good finish.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Mouldings, Carvings, Turnings, Musical Instruments, Decorative Veneers, Boat Building.

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

Commonly asked questions about Avodire Wood

Is Avodire a hardwood or a softwood? Avodire is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Avodire hardwood or softwood? - Avodire 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 Avodire 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 Avodire? Avodire can be described as light brown, yellow/brown, orange

Is Avodire good for outdoor use? or is Avodire good for exterior use? Avodire is most suited for interior/interior use. Avodire can 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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