The sometimes very wide sapwood is white to gray and is sharply
demarcated from the heartwood which often has dark streaks. When freshly
cut, the heartwood is bright red to orange brown, but after exposure becomes
russet. Odor and taste are not distinct, and the luster is golden. The grain
is commonly interlocked, and
the texture is medium to rather coarse. This timber has good
strength properties and may be used for all normal structural purposes for
which oak would be suitable.
Jatoba is not an easy wood to work, and it may have a marked dulling effect on the cutting edges of tools. It is a good species for turnery, and it bends well after
steaming. Nail and screw holding properties are good, glue adheres satisfactorily and it can be finished smoothly.
The timber is used for construction of all kinds, boat building,
general carpentry, turnery and bentwood products.