Freijo Hardwood


Freijo wood, also known by its botanical name Cordia goeldiana (Boraginaceae), is a versatile timber with a golden-brown to dark brown hue, occasionally with dark streaks. When quarter sawn, lighter and darker rays produce a contrasting figure, resulting in a golden gloss in good lighting. It has a straight grain with a uniform medium texture, and some similarity to teak (Tectona grandis). Freijo is a perfect choice for cabinetmaking, furniture, panelling and much more.

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Also Called:
Cordia Wood, Frei Jorge (Brazil), Jenny Wood (Usa)

Durability Notes:
Freijo wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Freijo 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; Freijo - In both air and kiln it dries well, with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood and with little 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.

Freijo is a heavy, high-density wood with medium strength classification in all categories except steam bending. The wood saws easily but sharp cutters are advised for planing. Freijo works well with hand tools and nails and screws adequately but pre-drilling is advisable to avoid splitting. Gluing is usually good. It stains, oils and polies well. Freijo weathers in a similar way to Teak (good external wood).

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Boat Building, Carving, Turning, Staircases, Joinery.

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

Commonly asked questions about Freijo Wood

Is Freijo a hardwood or a softwood? Freijo is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Freijo hardwood or softwood? - Freijo 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 Freijo 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 Freijo? Freijo can be described as brown, red, orange

Is Freijo good for outdoor use? or is Freijo good for exterior use? Freijo is most suited for exterior/external use. Freijo 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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