Massaranduba (pronounced Ma-sah- ran-due-bah) is one of the most beautiful hardwoods available for outdoor projects such as decking. Known as Brazilian Redwood it has a vivid reddish-brown color. massaranduba is the hardwood of choice for people looking for a uniform look as the wood has very little movement. Like other hardwoods, it is highly decay, insect, mold, and rot resistant. It is used in many outdoor projects such as stairs, decking, treads, and most curious of all billiard cues. Compared to ipe hardwood, it is a less expensive option.
Species: Manilkara bidentata
Other Names: Brazilian Redwood Bulletwood, Red balata, Balata, Balata franc, Balata gomme, Balata rouge Maçaranduba, Acana, Aus, Ausabo, , Beefwood, Bolletri, Bolletrie, Chicozapota, Macaranduba, Maparajuba, Massarandu, Nispero, Pamashto, Paraju, Quinilla colorada,
Massaranduba Origin: Central and South America (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela) and the Caribbean
Tree Size: 100-150 ft (30-46 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 67 lbs/ft3 (1,080 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .85, 1.08
Janka Hardness: 3,130 lbf (13,920 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 27,870 lbf/in2 (192.2 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 3,344,000 lbf/in2 (23.06 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 12,930 lbf/in2 (89.2 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 6.7%, Tangential: 9.4%, Volumetric: 16.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.4
Workability: Moderately easy to work with considering it is a hardwood. It machines and finishes to a very smooth surface. The timber takes a fine polish and has the appearance of walnut.
Maintenance: Like all hardwoods if it is in direct sunlight it will need to be re-oiled at least once a year in order to keep its reddish brown color.
Preservation: To maintain this rich red tone, a deck oil with UV inhibitor or sealers are necessary.
Sustainable: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) does not list massaranduba in its appendices. The Forest Legality Initiative also states that massaranduba can be exported and traded internationally. International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) does not list massaranduba as an endangered species.
Brazilian Lumber, LLC meets high standards for social, economic and environmental responsibility. We monitor and document chain of custody of all our hardwood, we are Lacy Act compliant, IBAMA certified, and provide FSC certified options. This means that purchasing from us, fuels the hardwood lumber economy in South American forests, and by providing well paying jobs for many people in turn means the industry values its conservation and preservation.
Advantages of using massaranduba for your outdoor projects?
- Strong and Durable
- Low Maintenance
- Natural Look
- Long Life Span
- Sustainably Sourced
- Boosts your Property Value
- Lower price point than ipe
Would you like to talk to a hardwood decking specialist? We would love to help you call 954-404-8011