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Okoume


(Also known as gaboon)

Hardwood 27 lbs. per cubic foot, 2.08 lbs. per board foot
This West African wood produces large, clear logs of uniform straight grain. The heartwood is salmon pink or pale pinkish brown resembling some types of Philippine mahogany. The sapwood is grayish. It is only fairly strong considering other woods, but strong for its weight, although low in resistance to decay. The wood splinters easily and is best sawn with carbide tipped blades. It has little use in plywood boat building except in smaller boats where lightweight is more important than durability. Some imported plywood is made from this wood.

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