Ceylon Satinwood Hardwood

Ceylon Satinwood

Ceylon Satinwood (Chloroxylon Swietenia) is a stunning timber species, with a pale to glossy golden-yellow heartwood that matures to a golden-brown with darker streaks. The grain is narrowly interlocked and variegated, with a fine, close, uniform texture and a high satin gloss. This wood species is renowned for its attractive figure, which can include bee's-wing, striped, ribbon and mottle effects. Ceylon Satinwood is a highly versatile timber, with a range of possible uses including cabinetmaking, furniture, inlays and much more. If available from sustainable and legal sources, Ceylon Satinwood is an excellent choice for a range of projects.

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Also Called:
East Indian Satinwood, Burutu, Billu, Behra, Mutirai

Durability Notes:
Ceylon satinwood wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Ceylon Satinwood 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; Ceylon Satinwood - Trees are commonly girdled for air drying, as this reduces impact on the grade and quality of the wood. Ceylon satinwood can be prone to surface cracking and some twisting and warping. Ceylon satinwood exhibits only small movement in use. 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.

Ceylon satinwood is a hard, heavy and dense wood that has a high crushing and bending strength, low resistance to shock loads and medium stiffness. The wood is fairly challenging to work with both hand and machine tools. Planing quarter sawn pieces can result in torn grain. Ceylon satinwood is challenging to saw, sand, drill, mould, mortice, glue and carve. Pre-drilling is recommended for nailing and screwing. Ceylon satinwood is, however, an easy wood to turn. Ceylon Satinwood can be polished to a high finish after light filling.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Musical Instruments, Carvings, Inlay Work, Turning, Veneers.

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

Commonly asked questions about Ceylon satinwood

Is Ceylon satinwood a hardwood or a softwood? Ceylon satinwood is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Ceylon satinwood hardwood or softwood? - Ceylon satinwood 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 Ceylon 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 Ceylon satinwood? Ceylon satinwood can be described as brown, dark brown, yellow/brown

Is Ceylon satinwood good for outdoor use? or is Ceylon satinwood good for exterior use? Ceylon satinwood is most suited for internal/interior use. Ceylon satinwood 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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