Moabi Hardwood


Moabi, also known by its botanical name Bailonella toxisperma, is a tropical hardwood species native to tropical Central and West Africa. It is a medium- to coarse-textured wood with a yellowish-brown or reddish-brown color, and it is usually straight-grained, but may have a wavy or interlocked grain pattern. It is a very hard and dense wood, with a Janka hardness rating of 2,170 lbf, making it a good choice for use in furniture, flooring, and other applications that require high durability. Moabi is also known to be resistant to decay and insect infestation, making it a great choice for outdoor applications as well.

  • Spec:
  • FAQ's:
  • Uses:
  • Links:

Material Type:

Also Called:
African Moabi, Congolese Moabi, African Tigerwood, West African Satinwood, African Satinwood, West African Moabi, Congolese Tigerwood

Durability Notes:
Moabi wood is a very durable wood species with a Janka hardness rating at 2,270 lbf (10,120 N). It is also very resistant to decay, making it a great choice for outdoor applications. It is also quite stable and will not warp or shrink easily. Additionally, it has a beautiful reddish-brown color and is often used in furniture and cabinetry.

Moabi or Bailonella toxisperma is a hardwood species native to the tropical rainforests of Central and West Africa. It is a dense, durable wood that is often used in flooring, furniture, and boatbuilding. Moabi is typically air dried or kiln dried to reduce its moisture content prior to use. Air drying is the most common method of seasoning Moabi, which can take anywhere from six to nine months. The wood must be protected from the elements, such as rain and sun, during the drying process. Kiln-drying is a more efficient, but more expensive, option. Kiln-drying can reduce the moisture content of Moabi to 12-15%, which is suitable for most applications. Moabi is a fairly stable wood species and is not prone to warping or splitting during the seasoning process. However, it is important to take precautions to protect the wood from cracking and splitting during the drying process. To avoid this, the moisture content of the wood should be monitored throughout the drying process.

Moabi (Bailonella toxisperma) is a hardwood species with a medium to high density. Its heartwood is reddish-brown to yellow-brown in color, while its sapwood is light yellow to yellow-brown. It is a very durable wood, with good resistance to decay and insects. It is also very stable and has excellent workability. Moabi is often used for interior and exterior applications, such as flooring, furniture, and joinery. It is also a popular choice for boatbuilding and other marine applications.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Decorative Veneer, Woodenware, Turnery, Carving, Musical Instruments.

More Info:
Moabi is a fairly easy wood to work with, although it can be difficult to machine without the proper tools. It takes a finish well, making it a great choice for both interior and exterior applications. It is also known to be resistant to fire, making it a great option for fire-rated applications. Moabi is also known to have a good shock resistance and is resistant to abrasion, making it ideal for flooring applications.

Spiritual Properties:
Moabi, or Bailonella toxisperma, is not known to have any spiritual properties associated with it. It is used primarily for its physical properties, such as its durability and attractive grain.

Possible Health Risks:
Moabi wood, also known by its botanical name Bailonella toxisperma, is a hardwood species native to Central and West Africa. It has been used in the production of furniture, cabinetry, flooring, and other wood products. While Moabi wood is generally considered to be a safe and durable wood, some potential health risks to humans have been identified. These include a risk of skin irritation and respiratory problems caused by the wood dust, as well as potential allergic reactions due to the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the wood. Additionally, some studies have suggested that Moabi wood may contain naturally occurring toxins and may therefore pose a potential health risk when burned or when exposed to high temperatures. It is recommended that appropriate safety precautions be taken when using Moabi wood, including wearing protective clothing and respiratory masks, and avoiding contact with the wood dust.

Moabi, also known by its botanical name Bailonella toxisperma, is an African hardwood species native to the tropical rainforest of Central and West Africa. It is a very durable wood species, with a Janka hardness rating of 2,220 lbf, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic flooring applications. Moabi is a sustainable wood choice, as it is harvested from sustainably-managed forests and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). It is also considered to be a relatively low-impact wood species, as it is a fast-growing species and does not require the use of toxic chemicals for processing. Furthermore, Moabi is naturally resistant to both rot and insect infestations, reducing the need for additional chemical treatments. Overall, Moabi is an excellent choice for sustainable and environmentally-friendly hardwood flooring.

Interesting Facts:
Moabi, also known by its botanical name Bailonella toxisperma, is a tropical hardwood species native to Central and West Africa. It is one of the more dense woods with an average density of 0.81g/cm3. Moabi is renowned for its unique and beautiful grain patterns and is highly sought after for its use in furniture, cabinetry, and flooring. It is also popular for its use in musical instruments such as drums, marimbas, and xylophones. Moabi is highly durable and resistant to decay, making it a great choice for exterior applications. It also has good fire resistance and natural resistance to insects and fungi.

I'm sorry we currently have now FAQ's for this timber. This database is constantly updated and faq's for this timber will be added in the future.

Aircraft Archery Bows Bagpipe Chanters
Balance benches Banjos Barrels
Base Rail Baskets Baths, Bathtubs and Accessories
Battery Boxes Beading Beams
Bearers Bearings Beehives
Benches Bespoke Joinery Billiard Cues
Billiard Tables Bins Bird tables/boxes
Blinds Blockboard Boatbuilding
Bobbins and Spools Book marks Bookends
Boot Racks Bowling Alleys Bowling Balls
Boxes, cases and crates Brushes & Brooms Buoyancy In Buoys
Butchers Blocks Cabin Building Cabinet Making
Canoes Car Dashboards Carving
Chair Raisers Chairs Charcoal for Gunpowder
Chess Sets Chopping boards Church Pews
Cigar Boxes Cills & thresholds, canopies & drips Cladding
Clocks Coach Building Coasters
Coat hooks Coffins Constructional Timber
Cover fillet/Aprons Cricket Bats and Stumps Decking
Display cases Docks Domestic Wood Ware
Door handles and knobs Door Stops/Wedges Doors & Door Linings
Dowels Drawing Instruments Dressers
Drumsticks Egg cups and holders Engraving
Fascia, Barge and Soffit Board Fencing Fibreboard
Fishing Rods & Floats Food Containers Furniture Components
Gallows Brackets Garden Furniture Gates
Golf Club Heads Golf Tee Markers and Tees Greenhouses
Guitars Gun and Rifle Stocks Hand tools
Hanging Rails House numbers Inlays
Jewellery Joists Key hooks
Kitchens Laboratory Benches Ladders
Lamps and Lamp Stands Life Jackets Lintels
Louvers Machinery Parts Mandolins
Masts Matches Mats
Mirrors Model Making Name plates
Naval Architecture Newell Cap Notice boards
Oils - Waxes and Sealers Organ building Paint
Pallets Paper Particle Board
Pegs Pellets Phone Tablet stands & Cases
Pianos Picture Rail Picture/Display Frames
Planed Square edge Planters Plaques
Plywood Podium Stands Police Truncheons
Posts Propellers Pulpits
Rackets, Bats and Mallets Rafts Rings
Rocking Chair and Rockers Roller-Skating Rinks Rulers
Sawn Timber Screens Sculpture
Serving platters Skirting Board Stair Components
Staircases Tongue and Groove

Are you in the timber industry?

Would you like help growing your business and have access to free industry tools and eBooks? Then please visit:


Any One Wood - The Wood Databse