Ovangkol Hardwood


Ovangkol, also known by its botanical name Guibourtia ehie, is a versatile timber that is highly sought after for its unique properties. The heartwood of ovangkol ranges from yellow-brown to chocolate-brown, often with grey to almost black stripes, and can show attractive figuring. The grain is usually straight to interlocked, with a moderately coarse texture, and the yellow-white sapwood is about 4in (100mm) thick, clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Ovangkol is a popular timber for cabinetmaking, joinery, turnery and much more, and is available from sustainable and legal sources. Its striking colour, figuring and texture make it an ideal choice for a wide range of projects.

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Also Called:
Ovengkol, Anokye, Amazakoue, Ehie, Hyeduanini

Durability Notes:
Ovangkol wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Ovangkol 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; Ovangkol - usually seasons quickly and well with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood, but is challenging to kiln-dry. Ovangkol has medium movement in service. 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.

Ovangkol; apart from a poor steam-bending rating, is classified as medium in all strength properties. Ovangkol works fairly easily with hand tools. Although it planes cleanly, quarter sawn pieces should be planed with a reduced cutting angle. The wood glues, screws, nails and stains well and can be brought to an excellent polished finish. Iron staining will occur if the wood is with ferrous metals.

Typical Uses:
furniture, cabinetry, flooring, musical instruments, carving, turning projects

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

Commonly asked questions about Ovangkol Wood

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

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

No suitable uses for this timber have been found. This database is constantly updated and uses for this timber will be added in the future.

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