Bubinga is very frequently seen with a variety of figure, including flamed, waterfall, quilted, mottled, etc. Easy to work overall, though depending upon the species Bubinga can have silica present, which can prematurely dull cutting edges. Also, on pieces with figured or interlocking grain, tearout can occur during planing or other machining operations. Gluing can occasionally be problematic due to Bubinga’s high density and natural oils. Turns and finishes well.
|Wood Type||Tropical hardwood.|
|Texture||Has a uniform fine to medium texture and moderate natural luster.|
|Grain Pattern||Grain is straight to interlocked.|
|Health Risks||Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Bubinga has been reported to cause skin irritation and/or skin lesions in some individuals|
|Color||Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw color and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.|