Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Also, the wood’s color can bleed into surrounding wood when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats not to smear the wood’s color/oils into surrounding areas. Tearout can occur during planing if interlocked grain is present; the wood also has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges/tools due to its high density. Cocobolo has excellent turning properties.
|Wood Type||Exotic hardwood.|
|Texture||Fine, even texture with good luster.|
|Grain Pattern||Straight to interlocked, some pieces are figured.|
|Health Risks||Common allergen, can cause skin, eye, or respiratory irritation.|
|Color||Widely varying from red, orange, gold, brown with streaks of black or purple, sap is a contrasting pale yellow.|