Tatajuba Hardwood


Tatajuba, also known by its botanical name Bagassa guianensis (Moraceae), is a versatile timber with a range of uses. Its sapwood is yellowish-white to pale yellow, clearly demarcated from the heartwood which is yellow when freshly cut but matures to a glossy golden-brown or russet, and can be streaked. The grain of Tatajuba can be irregular, straight or interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture, distinct rays and a glossy surface. The interlocked grain can produce a broad stripe. Tatajuba is ideal for boatbuilding, construction, decking and more. If available from sustainable and legal sources, Tatajuba is an excellent choice for a variety of projects.

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Also Called:
Bagasse, Amapa Rana, Gele Bagasse, Cow-Wood, Garrote

Durability Notes:
Tatajuba is durable, and resistant to white and brown rot fungi. The heartwood is challenging to treat with preservative.

The drying and seasoning of Tatajuba 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; Tatajuba - it is slow-drying with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood, but there is a risk of slight decking and distortion. Tatajuba is very stable 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.

Tatajuba is a heavy, dense and hard wood, with high bending and crushing strengths. Tatajuba works easily with both machine and hand tools and has only a slight blunting effect on cutting edges. Pre-drilling is recommended for nailing and screwing and these fixing hold well. The wood turns, moulds, mortices, carves and drills well. Tatajuba takes glues, stains, paints and varnishes well and is capable of being brought to a really good finish.

Typical Uses:
furniture-making, flooring, cabinetry, construction, interior design, carving, musical instruments, joinery, boat-building.

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

Commonly asked questions about Tatajuba Wood

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

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