West African Iroko Timber is imported at FAS PHND (Pin hole no defect) grade, mainly kiln dried. It is yellow when freshly machined which quickly changes to medium, then darker brown). Iroko timber is commonly used as an inexpensive alternative to Teak - they are very similar in density, grain structure and colour after ageing. The heartwood is both durable and resistant to decay.
When you order West African Iroko Timber cut-to-size using our simple cutting calculator tool to the right, you'll receive a product which has been tailor-made to your exact specifications. Simply select how you'd like your Iroko to be machined as well as the desired thickness, width and length, and we'll use the state of the art machinery found in our mill and machine shop to cut it to suit your specifications.
Cut to Size / Planed West African Iroko Timber
When freshly cut, or when unexposed to light, the heartwood is a distinct yellow colour, but on exposure to light it quickly becomes golden-brown. The sapwood is narrow, being about 50mm to 75mm wide, and clearly defined. The grain is usually interlocked, and the texture is rather coarse but even, and the wood weighs on average 660 kg/m³ when dried.
Many Tropical timbers including West African Iroko may affected by the tiny Ambrosia beetle when the logs are fresh-felled and lying on Forest floor in humid climates, as soon as the log is resawn and kiln dried, the Ambrosia dies i.e. it is not continuous damaging woodworm. This is not considered a defect especially as these timbers are frequently given a paint finish and either a coloured or dark stain typically hides any pin marks.
Ordering West African Iroko Timber
When ordering Iroko planed timber from Timbersource, you may select between thicknesses of 25mm, 32mm, 38mm, 50mm, 63mm, 75mm, and 100mm, widths of 130mm - 350mm, and lengths between 2m - 4.8m.
Frequently Asked Questions about West African Iroko Timber
What can this timber be used for?
Iroko hardwood is used for joinery exterior and interior, cladding, decking, boat building, piling, marine work, domestic flooring, furniture, cabinet work and much more. The thicknesses for Iroko: 26mm, 32mm, 38mm, 51mm, 63mm, 76mm & 100mm. Widths mainly 130mm, average about 200mm. Lengths; generally, 2m - 4.8m.
How strong and durable is this timber?
Iroko timber is durable. The heartwood is very durable and is reported to be naturally resistant to decay. The heartwood is susceptible to attack by dry-wood insects. The sapwood is susceptible to attack by powder-post beetle and the sapwood has been reported to be highly resistant to termite attack in Africa.
What are its physical properties?
Iroko is medium in hardness, weight, bending and crushing strength. Iroko is very low in stiffness and shock resistance, it is moderate in steam bending and has good stability.
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