Panga Panga Hardwood

Panga Panga

Panga Panga is a beautiful and versatile timber with a unique and distinct pattern. It is botanically known as Millettia stuhlmannii (Leguminosae), and is often compared to Wenge. The heartwood of Panga Panga is typically chocolate-brown with alternating dark- and light-coloured bands running through it, or it can be dark brown to near-black with bands of white tissue. The sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood, and is pale yellow. The grain is usually straight, with a coarse and variable texture, often displaying a partridge-feather figure. Panga Panga is an ideal timber for furniture, joinery, boatbuilding and much more. If it is available from sustainable and legal sources, you can use our system to be connected with suppliers of Panga Panga.

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Also Called:
Partridgewood, Messara, Jambire

Durability Notes:
Panga panga wood is a very durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Panga Panga 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; Panga Panga - dries slowly with minimal impact on the grade and quality of the wood, but care is needed to avoid surface checking. Panga Panga is stable 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.

Panga Panga wood is dense and heavy, with very high tensile strength, high bending strength and shock resistance and medium stiffness and crushing strength. Panga Panga is a hard wood to work and has a tolerable to severe blunting effect on tools. The wood turns and polishes very well but most other processes are more challenging. Pre-drilling is necessary for nailing and screwing. Gluing can be hampered by the resin content of the wood.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Staircases, Mouldings, Musical Instruments, Boatbuilding, Carvings.

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

Commonly asked questions about Panga panga Wood

Is Panga panga a hardwood or a softwood? Panga panga is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Panga panga hardwood or softwood? - Panga panga 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 Panga panga 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 Panga panga? Panga panga can be described as black/very dark brown, dark brown

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