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Tabebuia spp.

THE TIMBER:
The relatively wide sapwood is yellowish-white and sharply differentiated from the heartwood. When freshly cut, the heartwood is grayish and darkens upon exposure to a grayish-green or brownish-olive. Because there is not control over the specific species of ipe reaching the marketplace, there may be a wide variety of physical characteristics of the wood. Generally, the timber has a fine but often uneven and interlocked grain. There is neither distinct odor nor taste to the wood.

WORKABILITY:
This hard heavy wood, often with wavy grain, is hard to work. It plays havoc with cutting blades on machine tools but not to a point that the wood should be abandoned. It turns and finishes well. Pre-boring before using nails or screws is advised.

USES:
Uses include heavy construction, railroad crossties, turnery, industrial flooring and decorative veneer. It is ideal for outside decks, walkways and railing in up-scale applications.

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