West African Idigbo Timber

Timbersource are a leading online West African Idigbo timber merchant in the UK.
Take a look at the benefits of West African Idigbo timber and how to order, below.

What is West African Idigbo Timber?

West African Idigbo Timber imported FAS grade, is a yellow-brown coloured hardwood. It is commonly used as an inexpensive alternative to Oak due to its likeness when stained the same colour.

Idigbo hardwood timber is used for Joinery - Exterior, Joinery - Interior, Decking, Furniture Components, Decorative Paneling, Flooring, Light Construction and many more. Idigbo thicknesses: 25mm, 38mm, 51mm, 63mm, 76mm, 100mm. Idigbo widths: 80mm & wider, mainly 100mm - 200mm & lengths 2.1m - 4.8m.


The Tree

Latin name Terminalia ivorensis.

Also known as emeri (Ghana), framire (Ivory Coast). 

A tall tree with a buttressed trunk attaining a height of over 30m and commonly 1.0m or more in diameter. The buttresses are broad and blunt, but the bole usually is clean and straight, 20m or more above the buttress.


The Timber

A plain, pale yellow to light brown coloured wood. sometimes relieved by a zonal figure originating in the growth rings, suggesting plain oak. There is little distinction between sapwood and heartwood, though the latter is somewhat darker in colour. The grain is straight to slightly irregular, and the texture is somewhat coarse and uneven. It is soft to medium hard, and weighs about 560 kg/m³ when dried. The weight is often variable, due to a prevalence of lightweight brittle-heart, particularly in large, over-mature logs. It may vary from 480 to 625 kg/m³ but for general assessment, the average dry weight is as given. Idigbo dries readily and well, with little distortion and splitting, and shrinkage is small.


Strength and Durability

Idigbo has excellent strength properties, being as strong and stiff as English oak in bending, although considerably softer and less resistant to shock loads. When converting large logs, the heart should be boxed out as the brittle- heart has very much lower strength properties than the normal wood. In freshly converted stock, brittle-heart may often be recognised by a distinctive pinkish colour which may develop after exposure to light for a few days.

Idigbo is moderately durable. The heartwood is durable and moderately resistant to termite attack and the sapwood is liable to powder-post beetles. The heartwood is highly resistant to preservative treatments and the sapwood moderately resistant.


Physical Properties

The timber works easily with most hand and machine tools. It has little dulling effect on cutting edges and a clean finish is obtained in most operations. There is a tendency however, for the grain to pick up when quarter-sawn material is planed and a reduction of cutting angle to 20° or less is advisable where smooth surfaces are required. Idigbo turns well and has fairly good nail and screw holding properties and will take glue well; stains effectively and reacts well to finishing treatments.

Idigbo has good overall strength, is moderate in hardness and has natural resistance to moisture.


What is FAS Grade?

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Timbersource are a leading online timber merchant in the UK, supplying West African Idigbo timber to the joinery, carpentry, construction and building trade at competitive prices. To Contact Us click HERE



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