When freshly cut avodire is a pale creamy white but darkens
to a golden yellow shade. The heartwood and sapwood cannot
be distinguished. It has no odor or taste. It is capable of producing a
satiny luster and
a highly polished surface. The grain is often wavy of interlocked
with highly attractive figures
including striped, mottled and curled. The texture is uniform.
Avodire is a strong, tough and elastic timber in proportion
to its weight, even approaching some properties of oak, a much heavier species.
This timber may be quite easily worked with hand and machine tools with a little dulling effect on the cutting edges. Avodire may be glued satisfactorily but
tends to split when nailed therefore pre-boring is advisable. It will usually finish without difficulty although staining is somewhat uneven.
Avodire is know as a decorative veneer. The wood is used for interiors, cabinets and furniture and is a superior joinery species.