Lati Hardwood


Lati (Amphimas pterocarpioides) is a versatile timber that can be used for furniture, joinery, flooring and much more. It has a distinctive orange-brown heartwood and a clearly differentiated yellowish-white or pale brown sapwood. Its grain is straight and its texture moderately coarse. Lati is characterized by very separable growth rings and occasional ripple marks. When freshly cut, the heartwood is orange in color and darkens to orange-brown when exposed to the air.

Lati is a sustainable and legal source of wood and can be used for a variety of applications. If you are looking for a reliable source of Lati, our interactive system can connect you with suppliers. With its striking appearance, Lati is an excellent choice for furniture, joinery, flooring and more.

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Also Called:
Asanfran, Edjin, Bokanga, Adzi, Salaki, Muizi, Yaya,

Durability Notes:
Lati is moderately durable, but it is vulnerable to attack from the powder-post and common furniture beetles. The heartwood is challenging to treat with preservative, and the sapwood is only moderately responsive.

The drying and seasoning of Lati 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; Lati - dries rather slowly, with a tendency to warp, check and distort. Very slow kiln-drying is recommended. Lati is stable in service, with small movement. 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.

Lati has good strength qualities in all categories. Lati is a compact, heavy and elastic wood that has considerable resistance to abrasion. It is challenging to work. Lati has a tolerable to severe blunting effect on cutting edges and is challenging to saw. Although not easy to plane, it can be planed to a smooth surface with perseverance. The wood turns, glues and sands well. It accepts stains, paint and polishes well. It requires pre-drilling for nailing and screwing.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Interior Trim, Exterior Trim, Veneer, Plywood

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

Commonly asked questions about Lati Wood

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

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