grsjax Posted July 6, 2014 Share #1 Posted July 6, 2014 (edited) Living in Hawaii I run across wood from trees that are unknown or at least rare in the rest of the country. I have been clearing my 3 acres a bit at a time and have recently cut an Albizia (falcataria moluccana) and a Gunpowder tree (trema orientalis). These may grow in southern Florida but I never saw any when I was there. Both of these trees are pretty much considered weed trees here as they grow fast and take over open ground rapidly. The wood tends to be brittle and they lose branches in any kind of wind. As they can get very tall this is a real problem. After cutting them I noticed the wood had an interesting look to it so did some research. Both are easy to dry/season but will develop cracks if the ends are not sealed with paint or wax. Albizia is light in weight and color and has some streaks in it. The grain is medium coarse but straight. It is harder than balsa, about like bass. Cuts and machines easily and glues well. Will hold fastenings but needs to be drilled first to avoid splits. Don't think it would work well for exposed work but as a filler or possibly a solid hull I think it would work fine. Gunpowder Tree wood has a straight, fairly fine grain and is light brown to pinkish brown when dry. The heart wood is light weight and a bit harder than bass when dry, the sap wood is lighter and softer. Cuts, machines and glues well. Holds fastenings fairly well. Might make a good material for decking and other exposed work that is not under stress. Neither wood is rot or insect resistant and both will stain if not dried properly. Edited July 6, 2014 by grsjax Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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